F1 2021 car undergoes aerodynamic testsAugust 23, 2019
In 2021, Formula 1 will move to a new technical regulation. Among the stated goals of the regulation is to make the fight in races more dense, and the appearance of the cars more aggressive. And although the adoption of the final version of the regulation was postponed until the end of October, work on new machines is in full swing.
Before the German Grand Prix, the FIA working group carried out in the wind tunnel the first tests of the prototype of the car in 2021. For tests, a model was used at a 50% scale with 18-inch wheels. For work, a Sauber wind tunnel was rented in Hinwil, because it allows you to get more accurate results and compare them with the calculated CFD data.
The FIA believes that the side pontoons and the rear wing of the model will remain virtually unchanged on a real car, while work with the nose fairing will continue.
Tests of the prototype were to show whether it was possible to reduce the perturbation of the air flow behind the car, which will contribute to a denser fight on the track and, accordingly, an increase in the number of overtaking. Judging by the words of the Formula 1 Technical Director Pat Symonds, the FIA succeeded: “The results even exceeded the indicators we were aiming for when starting the project.”
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