Lotus develop device to lower front ride height

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In the round-up: Lotus are believed to have a new device to aid braking stability.


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111 comments on Lotus develop device to lower front ride height

  1. Brando said on 11th January 2012, 17:43

    Colin Chapman is probably roling over on his grave due to the lack of secrecy of this new inovative ride height device.

    And if it was RedBull who created it, I’m sure the FIA would of banned it!

    • BBT (@bbt) said on 11th January 2012, 18:01

      Why?, what have they banned the RBR have ‘created’, if you put Mclaren (f-duct) or Brawn (DDD) in place of RBR I could understand you point.

      If you mean blown diffuser that might have been RBR first but Mclaren were also running it at Spa 2010 who knows, same with the OTBD… who was first it is an obvious evolution.

      The more you think about RBR have had less banned (front wing anyone/) than any of the top teams, including Ferrari who may say the FIA favour.

      • Brando said on 11th January 2012, 23:18

        I feel that FIA chases down the front running teams. They don’t want them to retain their competitive advantage because it makes the sport duller to the viewers.

  2. BBT (@bbt) said on 11th January 2012, 18:03

    So I wonder which is the the other team that have already submitted their version to the FIA.

  3. Alex W said on 11th January 2012, 22:29

    I think this device is a testing tool, not for race use.

  4. From Allen’s article:

    It will come down to the judgement of the FIA’s Charlie Whiting. In the past few years he has allowed some new technologies and banned others.

    If an idea is interesting, not excessively expensive to copy and not environmentally offensive then it has a chance. It’s certainly a talking point in the run up to the new season and that’s good for F1.

    This is what annoys me. None of those things should be relevant when assessing whether a device is legal or not. You check the letter of the rules, and if it doesn’t contravene them, it’s allowed.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 12th January 2012, 7:24

      But the rules aren’t black-and-white. The rewrites and amendments – usually introduced to ban certain technologies and devices – often create small loopholes, and many of the new pieces of equipment fall into them because the teams go looking for them.

  5. Sean Newman said on 13th January 2012, 10:02

    This device is a clear breach of article 10

    “10.1.2 The suspension system must be so arranged that its response results only from changes in load applied to the wheels.”

    The load is applied directly to the brakes and suspension adjustment is proportional to braking torque and not the indirect load applied to the wheels.

    “10.2.3 No adjustment may be made to the suspension system while the car is in motion.”

    No way around this one! Any adjustment be it automatic, semi-automatic, driver or magic wand controlled is ILLEGAL.

    If it’s declared legal I’ll give up watching F1 for good.

    • Kirk (@kirk) said on 19th January 2012, 12:57

      I don’t see which part of that regulation this device would violate. The response does indeed result only from changes in load, and there are no adjustments made whilst the car is in motion. Both regulations are satisfied.

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