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 Post subject: Re: Williams launch
PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:24 pm 
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Also, front wings are getting ridiculous. Weren't they meant to have fewer elements?

This is exactly why the implementation of the 2009 changes were total BS. The idea was to lower the cost for all participants and the aero regs were changed and specifically wings were changed to limit the extremely turbulent air from leading cars caused by the overly complex nature of the Pre-'09 aero.

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As part of the aero changes designed to allow cars to be able to follow each other more closely (and hence promote overtaking), the 2009 front wing is both lower (75mm instead of 150mm) and wider (1800mm instead of 1400mm). The wing also features a universal central section (500mm), which all teams' designs must comply with this season, and a flap section that can be adjusted by the driver twice a lap over a range of six degrees.


Source: http://www.formula1.com/news/technical/2009/0/617.html

Since 2010 the front wings have featured far more than 2 elements and at the rate it's going they might as well scrap the rules altogether already and let the teams design cars utilizing a few set criteria such as wheelbase, maximum width, minimum ride height, maximum nose/body height, a set maximum HP and let them have at it. I don't see the racing any different from Pre and post 2009 as those teams with stronger cars run in a league of their own, followed by the mid-packers, and those vying to see who comes in last of the tale end runners. the changes did allow a few teams to be a tad wee bit more competitive but perhaps they would have done just the same under the old specs. Either way, the teams have now strayed so far from the spec to such an extreme that a few teams should actually show up with Pre-'09 cars for the hell of it. LOL

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 Post subject: Re: Williams launch
PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:26 pm 
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Is it illegal for Williams to do this? :-P

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 Post subject: Re: Williams launch
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 Post subject: Re: Williams launch
PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:35 pm 
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how did they fit there a fuel tank , an oil tank , engine , gearbox
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 Post subject: Re: Williams launch
PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:06 pm 
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Keep in mind that Williams' gearbox is the smallest and most compact of all and sits so low special outdrives had to be made for it as conventional ones would not work at such an extreme angle. I remember seeing Steve Matchett holding it in his hands but can't find a picture for you. It's unbelievably small. As well, the LiPo batteries and KERS are jam packed in there as well with the LiPo cells sitting way down for center of gravity purposes so most of the components reside just above them.

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 Post subject: Re: Williams launch
PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:21 pm 
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Ferrari's isn't much larger, just the gearbox area is bigger.


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 Post subject: Re: Williams launch
PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:27 pm 
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This years Williams is incredibly appealing. It's got a sort of rugged look that I really like for some reason. It's not a great looking car, but there's something else there that I like. It looks a little bit different to the rest maybe which is why I'm enjoying it so much.

Sauber and Williams have the best looking cars this year, so far (IMO of course).

The close ups of the various different nose configurations further confirm just how ridiculous the whole step nose thing is. Look at those awkward curves x(


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 Post subject: Re: Williams launch
PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 12:31 am 
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What a horrible looking car... it looks like someone stole the rear end

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 Post subject: Re: Williams launch
PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:53 am 
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i realy like this one this year .
ties with lotus for best car so far in the looks department.
lets hope for a realy tight field this year with no one running away with it.


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 Post subject: Re: Williams launch
PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 7:03 pm 
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Eesh...the front might be considered as sort-of-appealing...at least from the side...well, not too bad, anyway better than the platypus nose.
But the rear? Jesus H Christ, why the hell do they bother to have a cover at all, at this rate we'll have the engine visible by mid-season. Sorry to say it, but rear end ugly like f*ck, at least to me. Hopefully they'll go with the shark fin...

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