zibby43 wrote: ↑
Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:58 am
The new end plates do not comply with the regulations because the end plates are cut out in a fashion that you can see the top flap from the side.
The regulations state that the end plate must completely cover the flap when viewed from the side. Merc just has to modify the FW for qualifying/the race.
The regulations state that the VIRTUAL endplate surface (VES) has to cover the flaps. That's a big difference because the VES is only a surface to base the actual endplate on and is not actual bodywork (it is "virtual"). The actual endplate is allowed to deviate 5% from the VES.
Just going from the technical regulations, so without any knowledge of content of technical directives or banning based on grounds of safety, this should actually be allowed.
I am not sure this has anything to do with the leading edge of the endplate. The regulations are highly prescriptive on that. Scarbs failed to state what is wrong with the endplate leading edge. For all we know, they could just have changed the profile as an development and not as an answer to comply with the regulations. Feel free to correct me, but I deem it impossible to fall into a grey area regarding that leading edge.