Would a sidepod-less car be realistic?

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DRCorsa wrote: โ†‘
Tue Mar 08, 2022 11:43 am
Seems that Mercedes is following this route, 2 years after my post? :wtf:
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AR3-GP wrote: โ†‘
Sun Mar 13, 2022 7:26 am
I think the T-tray inlet is illegal or could only be used to cool electronics. The second example with the floor leading edge is also illegal because the sidepod aperture must be within the regulation box which is behind the floor leading edge. Very interesting ideas though. With your t-tray inlet you could get a true sidepod less car if you reshape the chassis to submerge the radiators inside it.

https://www.racecar-engineering.com/wp- ... re-221.png
What I mean is, shape the floor like the McLaren, then snake the inlet nozzles through there by making the floor section thicker, or roughly point them in that direction if the floor can't be made thick enough,

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Okay I see. Very interesting.

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vorticism wrote: โ†‘
Mon Mar 21, 2022 5:29 pm
AR3-GP wrote: โ†‘
Sun Mar 13, 2022 7:26 am
I think the T-tray inlet is illegal or could only be used to cool electronics. The second example with the floor leading edge is also illegal because the sidepod aperture must be within the regulation box which is behind the floor leading edge. Very interesting ideas though. With your t-tray inlet you could get a true sidepod less car if you reshape the chassis to submerge the radiators inside it.

https://www.racecar-engineering.com/wp- ... re-221.png
What I mean is, shape the floor like the McLaren, then snake the inlet nozzles through there by making the floor section thicker, or roughly point them in that direction if the floor can't be made thick enough,

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vorticism wrote: โ†‘
Fri Mar 11, 2022 5:38 pm
https://i.imgur.com/IV9rapK.jpg
I think there is room within the regulatory boxes to have a floor like the McLaren that โ€˜feedsโ€™ directly to the cooling inlets - for a true faux-pods design. Going to check the regs to see what it says about cooling only locations.

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Centreline cooling does not seem to be the golden bullet!


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vorticism wrote: โ†‘
Fri Mar 11, 2022 5:38 pm
Since the floor can intersect with the T-tray beneath the survival cell, it should be possible to turn the T-tray into the inlet, and route a duct through a hollowed out floor section. It would be the only way to fit a sizeable duct through that area, since no bodwork is permitted around the side survival cell ahead of the floor. Trade-off would be altering the shape of the floor to achieve this. That said, note the McLaren and the Alfa Romeo/Sauber this year have a step down in the floor in precisely that area this year, so it's not as though the tunnel entry needs to be maximum height in that area, necessarily.

https://i.imgur.com/qezJYWZ.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/IV9rapK.jpg

Another option may be to simply move the sidepot inlet to the front of the floor (below), or near to it at least, if there is some rule governing that shape of the floor front edge that I'm missing. I dub them floorpods.

https://i.imgur.com/Omo2Hay.jpg
I'm afraid I have to upvote that idea.
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