Mercedes W09 Speculation Thread

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Re: Mercedes W09 Speculation Thread

Post by PlatinumZealot » Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:34 am

roon wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:40 pm
The fitting mockup features halo attachment points, so it may be an accurate representation. I'm not sure if the roll hoop signifies they've dropped the large oval intake. Last year, was it bodywork over a small hoop, or was it all hoop?
It was bodywork mostly and you could faintly see the outlines of the hoop just at the entrance of the air intake.
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Re: Mercedes W09 Speculation Thread

Post by Raleigh » Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:46 am

A circular roll hoop would be prohibitively heavy and much weaker than a triangular design, last year's design had the roll hoop set inside a larger intake.

Which said, the version pictured is wider and deeper than last year's central intake, Mercedes may be moving back to a smaller airbox with a single intake, I'd imagine a huge intake combined with the Halo would substantially disrupt airflow to the rear wing.