Welcome to the second TechF1Podcast. Matt and I dissect and discuss the technical minefield that was the German grand prix. There are 3 main topics for this show -
- McLaren’s upgrades and upturn in pace
- Lotus’ promise and their fascinating DDRS/F-Duct system
- Red Bull’s Torque maps
Here’s the full timeline of topics discussed:
|McLaren’s sidepods upgrade||2:20|
|McLaren’s third vortex generator||8:45|
|Many, small upgrades or little, big upgrades?||11:40|
|Mika Hakkinen’s comment on upgrade processes||14:30|
|Getting tyre temperature & Ferrari’s front pull rod suspension||18:35|
|An “energy drinks formula”||25:30|
|Lotus’ fascinating aerodynamic device||31:00|
|Red Bull’s Torque maps||41:00|
|How innovation is what makes F1 “the pinnacle of motorsport”||45:30|
|Our predictions for the Hungarian Grand Prix||50:00|
Thank you for the wonderful feedback we got for our first episode. We here humbled with the positive reaction. We also noted the constructive criticism and we’ll strive to keep improving with every show.
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My major website upgrade was designed with this podcast in mind; to best display it’s rich content. I paid particular attention to best display the technical images. Now you just need to click on the link describing the technical part to bring up the picture in a neat overlay on this page itself. From then you can even use your keyboards left or right keys to go through the images! (like Facebook) Try it on one of the links below.
This picture shows the additional ramp depth from the front edge of the Sidepod to the exhaust channel helping with the downwash effect. The picture also shows the 3 shark gills aft of the exhaust channel in the engine cover.
Diagram showing the airflow I believe the DDRS uses: Yellow indicates the airflow entering the ducts next to the airbox which when DRS is inactive exits lower in the cooling exit (light blue) in order to boost the diffusers effectiveness. When DRS is active a hole in the lower rear wing plane is uncovered and air interacts via the periscope duct (Green) and acts much like the old F Duct system moving the airflow to the top exit of the engine cover and through the Monkey Seat (Red)
Links to Articles discussed
Incoming search terms:
- lotus ddrs