Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) has brought a new front wing to the French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard that features detail changes to its current F1 areo concept.
So far the season Ferrari has been one of the teams to experiment with a more extreme front-wing design, which features an outboard section that slopes downward.
With this breed of front wing, the down-force output is concentrated at the inboard section, while the outboard portion is then used to turn airflow around the front tire.
While there is no change in that stance, but there looks to be a concerted effort by Ferrari to strengthen the out-wash effect, as seen in Giorgio Piola’s images Thursday.
From the outboard section, the curvature in the wing has been changed where the main-plane transitions downwards at a later point.
There is also a new set of endplates, featuring a rectangular cutout at the top section to encourage more air to spill around the front face of the tire.
This is complemented by a change to the footplate, which now features a small fin to further boost the channelling of airflow outwards.
Ferrari principal Mattia Binotto said that although the upgrades brought to France will not provide an immediate fix to the SF90’s problems, they should instead inform the team’s “next steps” in defining its upgrades.
“In France we will have a few small evolutions, elements that represent for us a useful step in defining the direction we will take in developing the car,” said Binotto.
“What we will be bringing will not be the solution to our problems, but the technical feedback we get from these evolutions will be important for the next steps we take.”
The older-spec front wing has also been brought to France, suggesting that back-to-back running will take place to assess the merits of the new wing.
Also, Ferrari have created an airflow exit for the radiators directly behind the radiator. This is only a small part of the total exit area, with most of it still exiting at the rear, around the exhaust, but devoting this small area in the side to venting the hot air brings two potential advantages, as follows:
- The outlet area at the back can be correspondingly smaller, allowing the bodywork to be more tightly-waisted there, which helps accelerate the airflow, increasing down-force.
- The flow can be aligned with that coming from the vortex generated by the hump in the bodywork ahead, increasing the speed of the air flowing out of the radiator outlet and therefore its cooling capacity
Ferrari experimented with its own version of the ‘extractor’-style rear wheel rims, as introduced by Mercedes at Spa last year. Holes on the inner face of the wheel align with those on the exterior to extract hot air more quickly from the wheel rim, thereby transferring less of the heat to the tire. The nodules around the outer face of the rim add to the extractor effect and also provide a greater surface area over which to spread the heat, again reducing the heat transfer to the tire.
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HeffX-LTN overall technical outlook for RACE is Bullish to Very Bullish, there no overhead resistance now, and support at $160.90, all Key indicators are Very Bullish in here. Ferrari finished at 161.16 +3.33 , or +2.12% on the day in NY Thursday.
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