JordanMugen wrote: ↑
Thu Apr 08, 2021 3:05 pm
Blackout wrote: ↑
Tue Apr 06, 2021 8:10 am
It's because the RS20 has a different kind of sideopods compared to the A521 or RS.19. It has RB-style sidepods where the widest section of the sidepod bottom is elongated or even swept backwards, compared to 'classic' undercut sidepods, like in this RB-13/RS.19 (exaggerated) floor comparison
What is the benefit of reverting to the previous design?
It seems very strange for Alpine to choose the classical undercut, when nearly every single other team has chosen the overcut downwash sidepods!?
They tested and compared both sidepod styles for sure.
Maybe their 2020 sidepods, the Renault version of those sidepods*, have reached their development limits and arent very suitable to the 2021 smaller floor...
Maybe the team found out that adding more undercut was easier and less costly for them than to try to slim down their 2020 'RB-style' sidepods, to recover the lost performance...
IMO the last Enstone-Viry projects are very cost-driven, more than their main opponents. They clearly wanna spend the least amount of ressources on these cars and focus on 2022.
That's why many parts are carryovers and are quite old. Covid and the freeze have exacerbated this.
*The Renault 2020 version is a bit 'different' and less slender than others because some features of their PU and the packaging prevent them from having an aggressive downwash shape, and from tapering the top and the sides of their sidepod bodywork (aft the radiator) like others IMO
AFAIK this is the last team with bulky exhaust manifolds.
Even Ferrari, which has no split, has shrinkwrapped exhaust manifolds (at the expense of some power?)
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