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Old 13 Nov 2016, 19:49 (Ref:3687809)   #19
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Sounds good for the Lexus. So they haven't lost much aero performance? Looking good in testing too.
The head of project at TRD (sorry, I've forgotten his name already) said that although the 25% downforce cut relative to this year's car had a negative impact, they expect to get a significant amount of that back from aero work in the off-season, so the deficit will be significantly lower than 25% by the start of the season. The focus has also shifted towards efficiency rather than outright downforce, particularly to avoid the cooling issues of the RC-F. TRD also have full use of the 50%-scale Furyusha wind tunnel (that was Dome's) whereas they could only use it 30% of the time for the RC-F.

With the LC500 already lapping Suzuka ~1s faster than predicted, the car's showing stronger pace than the TRD expected at this stage. If Nismo and HRC are making similar progress with the 2017 GT-R & NSX-GT, GT500 may not be slower even around the tighter circuits - the predicted time loss [for the LC500] around Okayama/Sugo is only ~0.8s/lap, and IIRC no car has tested there yet.

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