beelsebob wrote:Mercedes solution is sound, but there's no proof it's the best.
As you say, there's no proof it's the best... So why are you asserting that the Force India's is the best as a proven fact?
It is logically the better choice. There is no logic for the Mercedes nose, one that is lower, to be better.[/quote]
What logic are you using to determine that? A quick measure says that the force india has 15% more area exposed to the air stream there, which is certainly an advantage. On the other hand, the Merc does not have a large chunk of carbon fibre disturbing that air flow, and causing eddies in it. More so, the evidence of the Merc beating the crap out of the force india with the same engine seems to suggest that Force India's car is not anywhere close to as good as Merc's. I'd suggest strongly that Merc's engineers did a better job of designing the car as a whole, and hence are likely to have done a better job of designing the nose too. They went significantly out of their way to keep that design of nose, when it would have been relatively trivial for them to switch, so there's almost certainly something that you don't know that makes Merc's design better.
As I've said before, it's not a coincidence that the top 3 teams (at least in terms of aero) are using very similar nose philosophies.