We can't seriously be arguing facts here. Robert Kubica said yesterday:wesley123 wrote:Just think about it
Why should BMW develop those parts for their 2008 car? All this has to be redevelopped again to fit on the 2009 tub, that would take the double amount of time thus the idea becomes useless.
Believe me, it is an 'Alpha' F1.09, it wouldnt be sufficient to build parts for the 2009 car when they have to change it all over again to fit the 2009 car.
The nose on the car is totally different and im 100% sure that it wouldnt fit on their 2008 tub, as then you wil get a weird shape on the bottom as the 2008 nose is significantly lower.
"This week we're already testing this, but next year's car will be different, we're trying to get as much data as possible." (http://f1.gpupdate.net/en/news/2008/11/ ... -car-ever/)
Let there be absolutely no doubt that this is a 2008 chassis. What BMW are doing here, I believe, is to get a rough idea of how the new regulations impact the car in reality. They can run all the simulations they want to, do all the wind-tunnel testing they can afford, but it's still not the same as taking to the track and gathering some "real" data.
Consider this, too: Why would they build a 2009 prototype with 2008-like cooling (grills on the sidepods)? They would have to rebuild a big part of the outer-shell after having gathered all that data and then test it again. Why not build a 2009-prototype that is completely legal and then optimize that?