Toro Rosso

Autosport (UK) - - F1 SEASON REVIEW | TECH FOCUS -

Along with the front-wing end­plates, the barge­board area of an F1 car has been al­lowed to get out of hand. If any­one wants to re­duce the costs and im­prove the show, these two ar­eas should be ad­dressed very quickly. This draw­ing shows you the num­ber of turn­ing vanes that work to­gether to im­prove the un­der­floor per­for­mance. It is a fan­tas­tic feat of aero­dy­namic flow-struc­tures op­ti­mi­sa­tion but, as soon as you get close to an­other car and the air­flow to these com­po­nents gets any level of tur­bu­lence, this aero-flow struc­ture falls over and re­duces the per­for­mance of the other aero­dy­namic com­po­nents it was in­flu­enc­ing. The other, and prob­a­bly more im­por­tant, is­sue with this area of the car for the teams them­selves is that there are no spon­sors be­cause there is no sur­face that can be seen from dif­fer­ent an­gles. This prob­lem is be­ing tack­led with the 2019 reg­u­la­tions.

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