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Motors Bit-Tech F1 2020 thread - Car Launches and Pre-season Testing

Discussion in 'General' started by RedFlames, 2 Feb 2020.

  1. RedFlames

    RedFlames ...is not a Belgian football team

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    Interesting that it's 'postponed' rather than just 'cancelled'...

    'postponed' implies they'll try and shoehorn it back in to the calendar later in the year...
     
  2. legoman

    legoman breaker of things

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    Right at the end just before Japan? waiting on the Hanoi one to be "postponed"
     
  3. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun.

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  4. RedFlames

    RedFlames ...is not a Belgian football team

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  5. B1GBUD

    B1GBUD ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Accidentally Funny

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    I watched the McLaren MCL35 launch from the restaurant in MTC, the place was pretty buzzing as the boulevard was rammed with guests. I'm starting to get excited for the up coming season. Can't bloody wait!
     
  6. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun.

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    I expect McLaren to be nipping at the heals of the top 3 this year.
     
  7. RedFlames

    RedFlames ...is not a Belgian football team

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    Maybe if the top 3 crash or break down.

    But they're still likely to be 'best of the rest'.


    Also, does anyone else think Ferrari's 'extreme' design will and up being a lemon.
     
  8. fix-the-spade

    fix-the-spade Well-Known Member

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    I think the Ferrari will be a red rocket again, but Ferrari will find a way to bugger it up, like they did 2017, 2018 and 2019.

    Anyone notice the McRenault has a cape this year? That's certainly an interesting aero feature and I'd love to know if it's for cooling, air re-direction or if it's covering up something clever.
     
  9. RedFlames

    RedFlames ...is not a Belgian football team

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    I don't doubt the team will screw up any advantages they may have, but isn't Ferrari going ott with their design or with glory laps in testing usually a sign the car is a bit of a dud?
     
  10. legoman

    legoman breaker of things

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    From memory I think its to do with helping air onto the barge boards.

    I think we can safely say all the real cars we have seen so far will begin to look different during testing, bar the bolt on aero tools obviously.
     
  11. fix-the-spade

    fix-the-spade Well-Known Member

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    Sorry I should clarify, it's a cape at the back. Where most of the cars have very tightly packaged bodywork at the back the top of the sidepods on the Mclaren stays wide at the top and partly covers the upper rear suspension arms, whilst the underneath has the normal coke bottle shape. One of the suspension arms seems to run at an angle through the tunnel that creates, my best guess is they're trying to use that area as a giant vortex generator to create a sort of second diffuser. Or it's a cosmetic cover to hide what their actual aero will be in that area.

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    legoman breaker of things

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    Oooh, sorry I assumed the front, I think your right some kind of giant vortex generator, I had a look at some other photos, there is a clear gap between the underside of that cape and the back of the car so does look like a very cleaver way of channeling air into the diffuser as it should be quite a clean flow of air going round the sidepod, the cape should help keep the upper and lower airflows separated thus maximising the effect of the diffuser

    The new Alfa Romeo/Sauber dropped. First off, that nose...

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    New merc has appeared, looks really to be an evolution of last seasons, still has the same style nose, chopped in side pods like others, nothing leaps out at me in terms of newness, it is insanely tightly packaged around the sidepods though, see if their supposed gains from running FE pay off
     
  13. lilgoth89

    lilgoth89 Captin Calliope

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    Watching the Alpha Tauri launch live, then suddenly in the middle of it they decided to do a fashion show,
    went from 4.9k upvotes and 400~ downvotes
    to 5.1k upvotes and 5.7k downvotes in less than 3 mins

    everyone tunes in for a car, not to see dumbass fashion brands
     
  14. RedFlames

    RedFlames ...is not a Belgian football team

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    Well AT is a fashion brand so... not that surprising...

    Clearly the new team can't afford colours...

     
  15. lilgoth89

    lilgoth89 Captin Calliope

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    it was just funny to see the dislikes to mental during the ''fashion'' show

    some of the models were in Hi-vis green / yellow... so be thankful we didnt get THAT all over the car
     
  16. RedFlames

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    Maybe the fashion designers ate all the crayons... leaving none for the f1 team...
     
  17. legoman

    legoman breaker of things

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    Just noticed on the Alfa, the airbox, very different, three inlets as opposed to Ferrari and HAAS with a single inlet

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    Oh the Alpha Tauri is a really deep matte blue an white isn't it?
     

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