Ciro Pabón wrote:That's one of the best ideas I've seen, Manchild.
I'm not an expert on aero but wonder whether the traditional engine cover is still a better one. All of the air around the driver's 'section' of the car would be quite turbulent - far moreso than the air where the intake is normally placed. Since this air-flow is more 'clean' the current layout would allow for a smaller air box opening than if you places them either side of the driver - and therefore less drag. Is this correct?
Also: doesn't the 'sail' part of the engine cover serve to help smooth out the airflow (laterally) before it hits the rear wing.. or even create a venturi effect at the cover gets narrower and narrower - aiding the directing of the flow into the rear wing?
Lastly, wouldn't having the intakes either side of the driver also disrupt the entire airflow over the exhaust area - more than the benefits gained from not having the airbox above the driver?
Maybe a variation of this would be to have an 2nd, smaller intake above the main intakes on the side-pods. (excuse my photoshop skills)