Gridlock wrote:Exactly, it's a downforce balance that they seek, remove a shedload of EBD-sourced rear DF and you don't need to be as brutal at the front. That's what they'd have found at the pre-seasons. It wouldn't surprise me to see the snowplough get a final curtain call on the streets of the principality but otherwise it seems surplus to requirements this year.
IMO the newly-tested nose would logically be an evolution of the plough, adopting some of its more desirable conditioning characteristics into bodywork shape while losing the DF generation.
I agree. It's the only logical path to take. In testing, they had too much downforce from the FW and too little from the rear of the car, so they had to take some off the Front wing to achieve a good balance.
With the high nose they get a little more floor efficiency which moves the balance more to the rear. This allows them to revisit adding more Downfoce on the front Wing.
Of course, they're the ones with 40 Teraflops.
I wouldn't say that though. After mountains of data and experince gathered over the years, Mclaren must be at a point where they can categorically say what a high nose will do, without diverting a large portion of their computing resources.
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