March 11, 2012
Formula One Still Blows Part 2.
Aero gone too far? Yes but how can you not appreciate the genius of this play around the rules?
You remember of course the Mclaren F-duct, the one that eventually resulted in drivers up and down the field wearing rubber gloves or knee pads to plug vacuum holes channelling air though the car and onto the rear wing causing a drag reducing stall? Yes well, that was banned as were any driver activated systems except for DRS.
Aerodynamic valve, active aero with no moving parts and no driver intervention. It's insanely brilliant and I can't imagine the principle is limited to the front wing.
The animation below is not applicable to the F2012 Ferrari shown in it as does not currently have a vent in that position. Mercedes, does.