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Test 2 Day 4.
Another day and Macca has another problem. Testing is about track
time and *not* about repairing the car in the garage. Macca are in
deep excrement, with minimal track time they can't have learnt much
about the base line car so the announced *big upgrade* for Melbourne
might actually set performance back even further, it's possible
they'll push it back until Bahrain. As the design of a car these days
starts and finishes with Aero they'll need a baseline to work from
before confusing the situation with changes.
I noticed some noise in the media (and elsewhere) about the Macca
rear suspension. The shrouded wishbones is not a new concept nor
unusual, I doubt we'll see anyone rush out to copy it in the way that
the Macca front wing mount has been adopted.
You're missing the point. It's not about "shrouded wishbones". It's about;
a) Co-joining the two inboard elements of the upper wishbone into one (so
that it actually on longer looks like a chicken wishbone at all) and
mounting it a long way forward and b) Raising the height of the outer
pickup-points on the rear hubs to give lots of room between the upper and
lower pickups, allowing for much cleaner through-flow and more 'unsprung
aero' directly on the hub.
You're saying everyone else has it wrong?
Their take on the suspension is in the URL. See first picture for a shot of
the resulting gap and fins.
Top of page heading; "Tech insight: McLaren's aggressive rear suspension
There's a a lot of stress on those top outboard brackets as the 'wishbone'
no longer connects directly to the hub. They are quite a feat of
engineering - or will be if they stand up to a season of kerb-jumping.
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While on design widgets. At a car launch the principal mentioned
there was no T-Wing on their car this year, first day of test guess
what? That car had a T-Wing. And they're not alone other teams have
one too. Which emphasis's that analysing launch cars these days is a
waste of time.
Contrary to what someone else said there's a lot less variation in
the car designs this year but that's quite usual after the first year
of new regulations, in 2017 we saw a much greater variation. This
year the designs have converged towards the leading cars.
I noticed in the media that the mouthpieces from the two teams that
have been sandbagging the most have said "we are not sandbagging",
lol, then why are they mentioning it?
From what I read because they were asked about it. They aren't bringing the
subject up themselves.
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Back to the test and totally ignoring headline times. Ferrari
continue to look good, Merc and RBR are getting on top of tyre deg
damned quick smart, Renault continue to look the best of the rest.
Force India (a favourite team). Shit, bugga, damn, I'm bloody
disappointed. There seems to be a distinct lack of development which
is rumoured to be caused by lack of funds. Hence the '18 car is not
even near the best of the rest. Fingers crossed.
Williams, well I'm worried. They seem to be making lots of changes
however the pace is quite erratic, I'd very much like to see a
progressive, steady rise in pace. Again, fingers crossed.
Back to timing screens.
With the variations in fuel loads, tyre compounds, PU modes and energy
deployment timing screens *in testing* are almost completely irrelevant. In
fact I'd say that the top team in the most trouble is the one who has made
an effort to top the times.
"Humans will have advanced a long, long way when religious belief has a cozy
little classification in the DSM*."
David Melville (in r.a.s.f1)
(*Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders)