Kevin Korjus, Renault, Abu Dhabi, 2011

Aerodynamics key to reactive ride ban

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: the FIA’s decision to ban reactive ride height systems is linked to their perceived aerodynamic function.


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FIA ban new technical innovation developed by Lotus and Ferrari (BBC)

“Insiders say that, once it became clear its main role was to improve aerodynamics, banning it was a ‘no-brainer’.”

Vettel to step up a gear in 2012? (James Allen)

Dietrich Mateschitz: “Sebastian [Vettel] has improved and is stronger than ever. He has prepared during the winter break like never before and he will certainly not let us down.”

Horner excited to see STR duo’s fight (Autosport)

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Bruno Senna shows promise but not Uncle Ayrton’s F1 genius at Williams (The Guardian)

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Surtees: I fear for young Brits (The Sun)

“It’s a shame there is no scholarship system or ladder in place. The only alternative for getting drives is a big bag of gold.”

Gene rockets down the Doha sea front – Twenty thousand witness Ferrari?σΤιΌΤδσs first appearance in Qatar (Ferrari)

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Fernando Alonso, Stefano Domenicali, Wrooom, 2012
"Fernando, use the best of your hair, we know how big it is."

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But after much consideration and chuckling I plumped for Dan Thorn’s offering, which you can see on the caption.

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103 comments on “Aerodynamics key to reactive ride ban”

  1. For all of those who craving innovation, what do you reckon to the rumours of mclaren using “the peltier effect” by incorporating plates that use a current to provide some cooling so that they can have smaller side pods and thus better aero?

    1. The Peltier effect is a very feeble force with todays technology levels. Perhaps it could be used for small critical components buried deep within the car but I think airflow even with the associated drag would be far more efficient.

      I’d be surprised if McLaren could make this into a genuine performance differentiator.

      The opposite effect is called the Seebeck effect. Using this effect it is possible to create electricity directly at the point of temperature differences. perhaps between an exhaust and a surface exposed to airflow. I guess it might produce a few microvolts per degree Kelvin…not much.

      Which the scale of forces going on within a modern formula one car I very much doubt these types of effect could be much benefit.

      Go on McLaren prove me wrong!

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