CBeck113 wrote: ↑
Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:43 pm
They mounted the front suspension backwards
But in all seriousness, that is not a naturally stable geometry - you usually drag the wheel behind you. I can't wait for the driver feedback on this, I can imagine the setup of the car to be very difficult. Otherwise a very nice evolution, they are making the most from their investment leading into the new engine formula.
But actually most cars are configured to " push" the front wheels because of the caster angle. The lower ball joint is always ahead of the top joint. It is made to be stable. As you dribe forward a draging torque from the contact patch rotates the wheel back to being straight ahead.
That being said yeah the suspension looms rather ungainly but interesting nonetheless! What grabs me is how they have used the tie rod and the front lower wishbone to make a sort of a downwards deflector. An extension of the cape in a way.
I see what photo you are talking about now!
Yes the wheel axle is ahead of the two wishbones only balanced by the tie rod. This design has been done before. The load on the tie rod definitely gonna be higher but they know what they sre doing i guess.