sucof wrote: ↑
Sat May 13, 2023 6:16 pm
Adding to the suspension subject:
Although I think the importance of the suspension was always underrated in this forum, probably because aerodynamic components are the most visible thing on a car, do not forget that beside the move to make underbody aerodynamics more important, the tires changed as well!
These new tires rely on suspension a lot more than the previous ones, and also allow more control by the suspension regarding how the car behaves.
So tires also made suspension more important.
For a fair bit of time suspensions where talked about because of it's external aero characteristics.
The 2020 Mercedes rear main innovation was lining up it's lower arms in a way that brought aero benefit.
The current set of rules put emphasis back on suspension doing "suspension work", ride height became way more critical and how your car performs across the range.
People, even the teams, are rediscovering suspension.