AR3-GP wrote: ↑
Fri May 26, 2023 1:51 pm
Owen.C93 wrote: ↑
Fri May 26, 2023 10:34 am
Nice to get confirmation that the wishbone change was for better sidepod cooling. Don't think people will stop talking about anti-dive though...
I think I mentioned this about the RB a long while ago. That the angle of the upper wishbone triangle was perfectly aligned with the floor leading edge as if they were using it like a fairing to turn air down towards the floor LE (the nosecone is generating some upwash)
The front wishbones treat the air for everything behind it, so it’s understandable they would have to change substantially with a big change of concept.
The anti-dive thing still blows my mind and makes my head hurt. I can open up racing chassis engineering books from the 1970s and it’s talked about in depth and they have understood aero pitch sensitivity from day 1 - most of the early aerodynamicists came from aerospace anyway, but Steve Nichols has talked about it on the 1980s cars, active suspension was obviously a solution, Willem Toet as mentioned earlier gave examples, etc. NASCAR and Indy Car (before the chassis became spec) used asymmetrical anti-dive to help the cars handle on the ovals, every production car for just about ever has an element of anti-dive. It’s rudimentary stuff and the implication that Mercedes forgot something that current engineer’s grandparent’s age knew is a bit silly. There is no silver bullet on any of this.
The problem is just about anyone can create a youtube or twitter channel and parrot something they just learned about but don’f fully understand, and the media just eats it up because they don’t know ant better and because it “kinda sorta sounds plausible / smart”.