If you read my original post I did mention this, in the case of this innovation I guess it's more why it went away and why it came back again, I'm guessing there are trade offs like with most things, but Alfa decided it was worth the trade the last two years - so what's interesting is the why.
Reduced drag and lower CoG from laying driver down.
The purpose was to make a more aero-efficient front with loads of air channeled towards the sidepods and the rear of the car, whilst having lesser drag. It worked, aerowise.
This is true the balance was awful due to the extra weight. The other drawback was, that while this nose design was very optimised on a straight line the extra surfaces were creating a barrier while the car was turning and messing the airflow downstream while turning. The simulation tools back then were much less sophisticated that today and the air-tunnel test couldn't pick it up because I do not remember Williams having the means to simulate it. Consequently they had a nasty surprise when the car started running on the track.UlleGulle wrote: ↑Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:40 pmThe purpose was to make a more aero-efficient front with loads of air channeled towards the sidepods and the rear of the car, whilst having lesser drag. It worked, aerowise.
To pass the FIA crash-test, however, they had to strengthen the nose, with a huge weight penalty. To have a heavy thing, so far forwards, and so high up clearly offset the aero-gains. Bummer.
I assume you mean this? https://scarbsf1.wordpress.com/2012/05/ ... s-exhaust/Nicholas Spillett wrote: ↑Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:49 amReading up on the octopus exhaust on the McLaren - if it didn't set itself on fire all the time that McLaren would have been absolutely unstoppable, would have made Newey's design look like child's play - assuming the power losses from the unoptimised exhaust weren't too big.
Good one. Did you know that an almost identical concept was mounted for a few races on the Tyrrell 025 from 1997?WaikeCU wrote: ↑Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:36 pmBefore the 2009 season even began, Mclaren thought they had a genius idea for the space of the floor in front of the rear wheels. It didn't work as planned so they had to revert for a more conventional floor at the start of the season. The car was disastrous from the beginning:
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ ... MP4-24.jpg