The louver theme is getting extreme. Why bother with with the end plate above the main element? Is it requiered by the rules?
Why doesn't the end plate seal the bottom of the second element/flap? I though that an end plate on the low pressure side of a wing was always a benefit.
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This is probably way too much information and sort of rantish but I dont get out much LOL. If I ever try to enjoy musings about aero junk... nobody has a clue what I'm talking about. I thought this might be a fun place to try. My senpai just says "dunno, gotta test it" and thats no fun is it?
You've got a high and low pressure side of the wing. So the formation of a large vortex is going to happen sooner or later. The end plate to me is about tuning the shape and size of the vortex to get the most desirable interaction with the wing. I can sometimes get that with a short, tall, long wide, thick or trapezoidal or whatever shape. My guess is that they are shedding a vortex or a bunch of them right there that interferes with the production of the main one, delaying it or movng it. There are always trends of the day and generally wings move over time to be more functional, lots of ideas get taken too far or better ones are found. At the end of the day its going to boil down to getting that right combination of it all. If you wanna win its not going to be how it looks that you worry about.
Everything we do in aerodynamics is the same thing, manipulating the way the air tries to reach equilibrium to create low and high pressures on our working surfaces. If you don't control it, it will make them where you least want it to and hurt the wing performance. Sometimes you have to put designs you dont like on the car too, just because you ran out of time/money or somebody with authority says it looks nice. Hell for all I know those end plates could be just as much or more about the diffuser than the wing. Sometimes I'll put something really eye catching and bazar that has no effect on performance just so everyone tries to photograph and copy it, instead of some other part of the car that really does work.
What I like about these wings is that this style of wing is somewhat unique to F1 and I think that the rules make them interesting. They trim their downforce at the front, that lets the rear wing be fixed which plays huge with the diffuser. if you had to adjust the rear wing you could not have those louvers. You would need a bunch of different end plates for every time you made a minor trim change.