Team’s FW40 is first new car to break cover

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - By Rob Lad­brook

Wil­liams has be­come the first team to release teaser images of its 2017 chal­lenger, the FW40.

Named in hon­our of Wil­liams’ 40th an­niver­sary, the new car is the first to give us a clear in­di­ca­tion of what the new-style 2017 field will look like. While the images are still just early ren­der­ings, they give an idea of the im­pact the new car di­men­sion and aero­dy­namic reg­u­la­tions will have.

Wil­liams re­tains the thumb-style nose de­sign, which first be­came a fea­ture in 2014, but has fit­ted a much wider front wing in ac­cor­dance with the new rules. The tyres for this year are at least 25 per cent wider, mean­ing teams have had to work harder to pro­duce a front wing ca­pa­ble of di­vert­ing the air­flow wide of the tyres’ out­side edge. Wil­liams also ap­pears to have planned for an aero­dy­namic S-duct, with an in­let in the nose tip and an exit vent placed along­side the front wish­bone mounts.

The rear wing has been re­mod­elled to sit lower and wider, and fol­lows a sim­i­lar de­sign to the part Fer­rari fit­ted to its test car late last year to ac­com­mo­date the wider rear Pirelli rub­ber.

The side­pods are an­other big area of de­vel­op­ment. With body­work now al­lowed to be 200mm wider than be­fore (1600mm, up from 1400) teams have greater scope for flared and sculpted side­pods.

Wil­liams re­tains a ‘Coke bot­tle’ de­sign to smooth the body­work tightly back to the gear­box and rear as­sem­bly. The first de­sign uses a host of small turn­ing vanes mounted on top of the side­pods’ lead­ing edge to­gether with large turn­ing vanes ei­ther side.

The images show noth­ing of the de­vel­op­ment of the new rear dif­fuser, which is ex­pected to be a large area of fo­cus for teams.

Wil­liams has signed ex-fer­rari man Dirk de Beer as its new head of aero­dy­nam­ics. De Beer was for­merly chief aero­dy­nam­i­cist at Fer­rari.

Photos: LAT

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