yeah good questions, i never undestood that they didnt adopt mercs water/air intercooler either, and not just now but for years
All in all i think there is a good explanation for your questions, and it all comes down to, mclaren chose their concept cause they thought is was the best way forward, and it simply was a wrong concept, and now with the cars peculiarities compared to others, the splitter with flow directed around the sidepods, the forward moved sidepods in between crashstructure etc. they cant fully commit this year to the "winning" concept. But they are trying to get as close possible for to get data and direction for next year, where i have no doubt we will see a complete rb clone. And as long it moves them forward im fine with that.
On a side note. Aston has a very good interview with Dan Fallows, and will be very interesting what they come up with i think. So mclaren really need to step up i think.
Blackout wrote: ↑
Tue Sep 27, 2022 5:02 pm
f1rules wrote: ↑
Tue Sep 27, 2022 11:46 am
> Sidepod design updated, more undercut, interesting if they had to move some of the electronics placed in that area
, which was a lot
To where? Dont forget that the reason they have that ultra slim splitter is because they moved all the electronics and stuff, that is usually placed in the splitter, to the sidepods.
The question marks for me are:
- why did they place their cooling components so far forwards?
- why didnt they use Merc's water air intercooler that was designed for this compressor, like the other Merc teams did, and continued with air-air interccolers that are placed so for from the engine?
- why they dont use big undercuts on the monocoque sides like most teams do, and opted for this monolithic monocoque shape instead?
All these points are obviously related, but what's the route cause? probably the monocoque shape..
RB who has the same split-turbo layout and also uses air-air intercoolers did the complete opposite. They did everything to put the coolers as close as possible to the compressor etc.
Regarding the new small undercut under the new extended sidepod lower lips, they hade some empty space there