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Old 23 May 2013, 09:48 (Ref:3252116)   #40
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Pandamasque should be qualifying in the top 5 on the gridPandamasque should be qualifying in the top 5 on the gridPandamasque should be qualifying in the top 5 on the grid
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You would have a point but for the cars overall width is decreased! You lose 10cm of width overall and 1-1.5" (inches) of tire width. Thats 2-3" of tire gone compared to 10cm of car gone. 10cm is 3 and 15/16 inches. So 4 inches narrower car with tires only 3 inches narrower. How are you going to design your car? Even with narrow front tires with less contact patch, that would still be relatively the same car to wheel ratio as now. These new regs don't change much which was the criticism of them.
Fair enough. But for some reason I thought it was the absolute width of a tyre that forced aerodynamicists to shape fenders in order to direct air primarily around the sides rather than over the top (like on older Lola cars). I guess there are other benefits to making more or less completely vertical fenders and try to direct all of the flow around them. As a result there's a very long and tall front overhand. TS030 is a good illustration of that, it is a bit of a bull-terrier in side-view compared to older protos.
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