First I would like to say, that the below, is my regurgitation of what I read. I have not read in the actual article. If anybody has it, that would be great.I've been reading around, no good source to point, that Ferrari is comming up with a nose cone like this this year. If anyone finds goond information please let us know...
It was me that hijacked the photos from this site. There was a poster on the autosport forums (quaci c and AFCA in the F2008 thread) seems to come up with uncanny detail about the Ferrari that always seems to come true.
Anyway, he mentioned that Ferrari were working on a design with a hole in the nosecone.
Being a regular visitor here (not poster), I referenced the pics above and his immidiate response was yes that's IT!!!
Take it for what it is...
According to Autosprint, Ferrari will once again test at Vairano "straight" in a few days.
There, amongst other aerodynamic changes, they will test the new innovative nose, "vented tunnel nose", which was reported to have shown positive results in the wind tunnel.
They have a short interview with Fainello, vehicle performance director, 45 yrs old:
"At the time of the 'tyre war' I was fully concentrated on that. Now, luckily, I can look at a lot of other things. Nowadays, with the absence of a lot of electronic parameters to control, the suspension dyanamics are very important and we have worked very hard in this area and changed a lot of things."
Autosprint asked him about the 'secret' nose
"Well now that it's been talked about...In essence everything that is done [in that regard] is to do with aerodynamic efficiency and balance..."
Nothing more was, stated.
This doesn't mean a total confirmation of the above design, but rumors about it have been circleing for some tome now.
When other Ferrari engeneers and directors have been asked about it by reporters, the question was sidestepped.
There are questions/concerns of my own, that I have about the design. The biggest of those, is how Ferrari will manege to turn the car, with the design effectively hugging a column of air from which the car will not want to diviate. Am I completely off in my thinking?