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#16 Daedroth

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 21:13

The FIA have also said that teams can cover the platypus nose/step to make them smoother and more appealing to the eye. That was following the controversy that 2012 cars were ugly and no longer good looking.


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Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:56

We'll get an idea of how the 2013 generation of cars will look like today: The Lotus E21 launch will be broadcasted on the team's YouTube page at 19:15 GMT/20:15 CET.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 20:53

Lotus have unveiled their car, the E21. It still features the stepped nose:
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Posted 28 January 2013 - 20:56

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 07:51

car looks ok, nothing too radical but it seems to be a good package. allison expects many teams to keep the stepped nose because the cover means only more weight added. however williams and mclaren have said that they will use the cover. if one team is not to use it, its probably red bull because they have some kind of air-intake in the step included.

i cant wait for mclaren and redbull to show their cars. their launches are usually the most exciting ones. :D

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 08:13

The McLaren was the only car to have a decent looking front nose last season.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:43

Cheers for the details, Chasethebase I hope you don't mind if I copy and paste this to another forum.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 13:00

car looks ok, nothing too radical but it seems to be a good package. allison expects many teams to keep the stepped nose because the cover means only more weight added. however williams and mclaren have said that they will use the cover. if one team is not to use it, its probably red bull because they have some kind of air-intake in the step included.

i cant wait for mclaren and redbull to show their cars. their launches are usually the most exciting ones. :D


McLaren don't have the stepped nose to cover in the first place. Was the best looking car last season.

Can't wait for the this season...

If a car stops on track during qualifying how do they calculate the fuel need to finish the lap? Say x ml's per lap and multiply by the remainder of the track left or better still count a car on track as requiring a laps worth of fuel and the 1 litre required for testing?

Prefer the 2nd option so you don't see drivers coasting to save fuel and stopping on track. Wouldn't put it past some of the teams to try it on!

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 14:15

McLaren don't have the stepped nose to cover in the first place. Was the best looking car last season.



i was talking about the mp4/28 not the mp4/27

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 14:22

i was talking about the mp4/28 not the mp4/27


The new car has a stepped nose? Have you got some insider info or pics?

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 14:24

No it doesn't, they posted a teaser on youtube and it looks like its going to have a high nose but no step.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 14:26

MP4-28 trailer here - http://www.facebook....197826813689735

Or on YouTube - http://www.youtube.c...&v=MiF2n0WrGWk#!

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 22:13

No it doesn't, they posted a teaser on youtube and it looks like its going to have a high nose but no step.


read my post again and turn your brain on. stepped nose + cover = no step in the nose ok?

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 22:21

read my post again and turn your brain on. stepped nose + cover = no step in the nose ok?


You're a polite one aren't you.

Do you have schematics showing this or is it just your interpretation?

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:08

You're a polite one aren't you.

Do you have schematics showing this or is it just your interpretation?


if you mean a drawing like seen from marca for the f2013 then my answer is no. but what i have is - knowing the reliability of newspapers like marca - better. guys on f1technical and autosport forums, following the car launches and developments for years (like i do) reached consensus in the following points for the mp4/28:

- pull rod front suspension
- higher nose with a step covered

why do we get this? because not only mclaren rised their nose after a few races in 2012 already following the path of others, its also a fact that with the high of the front wing and the rules for undertray and diffuser you would like to have as much air as possible flowing under the car not over it. plus button, their leading driver by now, basically said that mclaren should have a stepped nose as soon as possible.
with pull rod front suspension ferrari made a good choice in 2012 allowing for better weight distribution, lower drag and it also brings its advantages to get heat into the tires - it was blatantly obvious in the wet qualifyings in hockenheim or silverstone when alonso ran circles arround the others. mclaren said they checked this concept and sources i named above hint to the mp4/28 with pull rod front suspension.

besides that? passive ddrs like on the lotus (renault) and more compact rear design but thats something you can say every year about every car.



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