As a long term lurker I've decided to create a spot for discussing not-so-successful or abandoned concepts that were introduced and then left on the conceptual shelf collecting conceptual dust, and their applicability to modern F1.
- McLaren MP4-26 U-Shaped Side pods
- Renault R31 forward facing exhausts
- "Blade" Rollhoop (Mercedes MGP W01/Force India VJM04)
I've recently rewatched all races from 2005 and am up to 2012, seeing these cars based around extreme concepts come and go is extremely interesting, but finding any articles or information on the designs, why they weren't successful, and why they haven't resurfaced of extremely difficult as they don't exist.
The 2010 "Blade" Roll-hoop on the revised MGP W01 was lauded as a great innovation and step forward, then it just faded away and was abandoned, though used by Force India and one of the back-marker teams in 2011, and a far less extreme (height-wise) being used on recent Sauber/Alfa cars - what are the drawbacks of the design? What were the advantages that resulted in the design in the first place? Why did Sauber/Alfa decide the trade-offs were worth taking these recent years?
I love this sort of technical debate, and the depth of talent and expertise that exists in this forum tells me that this topic will result in great discussion and debate.