MadMatt wrote:Just one or two more things:
3.1) The shape must be no less than 100mm wide or high. Does that mean it can be for example 100mm wide but 30mm high (and vice-versa), or does it has to be a minimum of 100mm in width AND height?
This is the same with 4.3 and the 50mm wide thing.
This means the width cannot be less than 100mm and
the height cannot be less than 100mm. I'll re-word this to make this more clear.
CAEdevice wrote:I opened the "side impaxct structure" file but I could not understand how to place it into the assembly (it's something like two aero profiles, I am right?).
CAEdevice wrote:To be honest I could not image how to place it in the assembly I'm using for some CFD tests (= my 2014 car with covered wheels, bigger diffuser and no front wing). Maybe something like Formula-E?
The parts are already in position as supplied in the file, if they are appearing at the origin then this will be an issue with your importer. If this is the case, let me know and I'll see what I can do to work around it. From their supplied position they can be moved according to the limits specified in the rulebook.
Shame for this sidepod rules, it basically ruined my design, but I will do a new one!
Indeed, but it upsets my car design
I think this is too constraining as it forces you to have a bodywork upper surface that sits quite high, and I've always been of the low profile type (irl as well haha). But that's part of the game, I will change the design!
Keep in mind that you're allowed to move them rearwards, and the top one up or down, according to the rule in the "Options for sidepod area rules" section. They can be entirely inside the 'sidepod' bodywork, or they can be sitting out in the airstream with a thin 'skin' of bodywork covering them like the Formula E car, or anything in between. As long as they're positioned according to the rules and they're enclosed in bodywork.
Maybe we should add a statement that if the side impact structures aren't enclosed in bodywork, then the impact structures themselves also form part of the bodywork. Given these options I don't think this is too restrictive, but if there are some specific changes you would like to see, then let us know.
One more thing to note: To govern the sidepod area, our intention is to use either
the two offset rules, or
the side impact structures, not both. We're more likely to go with the side impact structures but we're still open to input on this.