January 29, 2010
From the front, McLaren's 2010 challenger doesn't seem too different from the 2009 car. The nose is higher, but the betting line is that that'll be the norm this season (with the wider front tires last year, the lower nose allowed more ballast to be placed up front. This season's narrower tires will require a better balance all-round, so the high nose won't hinder anything).
It's when you look at the side view, though, that you realize that we're looking at rolling artwork as much as high-speed racer...
Baby! *wolf whistle* Lots of visible changes here, but none more obvious than that fin. Look at last year's MP4-24 in comparison:
The new chassis' sidepods sweep down towards the rear tires, quite unlike last year's. We're also seeing the return of bargeboards (under the "a" in "algo"), which I thought were still illegal, but I guess not. But wow, that fin just dominates the appearance of the car, and it's a nice look to my eyes. What'll it do? Cripes, I dunno, and I'm not sure the McLaren engineers know either, but we'll find out soon.
The area behind the cockpit is more cylindrical in look now, no doubt because of the larger fuel bladder requirements. The air intakes are practically rectangular this year, and higher off the ground... they must have a lot of confidence in their cooling system, because that positioning might cause some problems otherwise: they're smaller, and there's gonna be a lot of disturbed air coming off the front tires.
Posted by: pxcasey at January 29, 2010 10:09 PM (XGEj1)
Ah, I got it. This one looks like it connects to the rear wing; the RB5's didn't.
Posted by: Wonderduck at January 29, 2010 11:01 PM (Cpxcy)
Posted by: Mallory at January 30, 2010 10:04 AM (WJ2qy)
I believe the fin is designed to control yaw in and smooth out airflow the concept has been around for a few seasons now but Mclaren Merc have never run with it. could be using it to cure last years rear downforce problems.
Posted by: le-reve at January 30, 2010 11:15 PM (Y8guG)
Everybody steals from everybody else.
Posted by: Wonderduck at January 31, 2010 12:17 AM (Cpxcy)
Legendary Announce Team? Say what?
Posted by: le-reve at February 01, 2010 05:46 AM (Y8guG)
Posted by: Wonderduck at February 01, 2010 08:00 AM (Cpxcy)
Ahhhh I guess I'm just used to the BBC commentary and presentation team.
Posted by: le-reve at February 01, 2010 07:49 PM (Y8guG)
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