[YesAuto F1 Formula One] The pursuit of various advanced technologies will never end, even for F1 Formula One cars with top-notch technology. This year's F1 schedule has passed halfway. In the race, various teams are constantly developing and innovating the technology used in racing, and strive to push the lap speed to the extreme without violating the rules. Recently, the McLaren team and the Mercedes-Benz team have respectively innovated the aerodynamic design of their cars.
The McLaren team has redesigned a rear spoiler with a serrated edge groove on the upper part of their car. It is said that this design can optimize the airflow through the surface of the spoiler and is assisted by the DRS (variable tail) system When the vehicle is braking, the stability of the rear of the vehicle is improved.
The Mercedes Benz team used a new front nose cone and rear spoiler at the Belgian station. A larger arc is added to the middle part of the nose cone to make the middle part narrower. According to the test results of the Mercedes-Benz team, this design can speed up the air flow around the nose cone, reduce air resistance, and also make the nose cone more weight. light. Since the beginning of the season, the Mercedes-Benz team has never stopped slimming down their F1 cars, and has lost 8kg of weight on the basis of the already extreme car body, which may mean an increase in lap speed by another three-tenths of a second. Even if the car has reached the minimum weight of the competition rules, it can also allow the technician to reposition the counterweight in a lower position of the car.
The improvement of the rear spoiler part of the Mercedes-Benz racing car is mainly the position of the rear edge (red arrow). The changed curve is said to reduce the air resistance while maintaining the original downforce, which means that the maximum engine power remains unchanged. In this case, a faster straight line speed is obtained. At the same time, a small wind wing was newly added to the lower part of the original spoiler to correct the working consistency of the spoiler at different speeds.
Regardless of whether they are in a leading position, the teams are constantly moving forward. In such a technology research and development competition, not moving forward is often the same as stepping back. Conversely, it is precisely because of this that we are still seeing faster and better F1 cars racing on the field under the stricter rules.