CmdrVOODOO wrote: turbof1 wrote:
I'm trying to bend my head around how those camera pods are legal. This is the rule that has been specifically changed to this year:
20.3.4 When viewed from the side of the car, the entire camera or camera housing in position 2
shown in Drawing 6 must lie within a box formed by two vertical lines 150mm and 450mm forward of the front wheel centre line and two horizontal lines 325mm and 525mm above the reference plane. Furthermore, the entire camera or camera housing in position 2 must be mounted more than 150mm from car centre line.
Yes, exactly, what McLaren did with the MP4-30's cameras seems to be what's at the maximum height and minimum width allowed based on 20.3.4.
I think I got it.
The 20.3.4 describes a 3 dimensional box where the camera should be located. Note that this is completely seperate from the nose and as the regulated dimensions will not change along different nose cones.
The 3 dimensional box describes in which width and height you can place the camera pod including
its pylon. As said, its height is fixed because of this. Very crucially though, the depth, distance from the car's centreline, is unlimited in its maximum length. It has a minimum length going from the car centreline, which was added to forbid the camera housing inside the nosecone, but not a maximum one.
This means that while you are not allowed to tower the pylons high above the nose, you can stretch the pylons without restrictions. I'm surely missing a rule somewhere else that limits any and all bodywork from going to unlimited, but this might be why the mercedes solution is still very much allowed. Mercedes simply has less room to manueuvre with the pods, but they can still apply it.
I quickly mocked up a diagram to show this. Note I only made a graphical aproximation to give people an idea.
http://u.cubeupload.com/turbof1/camerap ... lowedr.jpg
It's curious that last year the mercedes design was said to be outlawed in 2015. However, despite the new rules it's still open to have such a design. Another screwup from the fia?