Front nose solutions for the 2014 regulations could leave Formula 1 cars resembling anteaters, claims authoritative magazine Autosprint.
The report published an image apparently originating from the mandatory FIA crash test undergone recently by Caterham’s new car.
It depicts an impression of the 2014 nose on the so-called ‘control plate’ after the impact, confirming some observers’ fears that the likely solutions are aesthetically questionable.
“Notice how the nose is considerably narrower (than in 2013), for aerodynamic reasons.
“When the noses could be higher, they could be wider as they channelled air under the chassis. But a wide nose would now be a disturbance to the air flow,” correspondent Alberto Antonini explained.
Antonini said that it is likely thatmost teams will adopt similar ‘anteater’-like solutions. Video animation by Giorgio Piola. (GMM)
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