Monday, January 31, 2011

Renault reveals its "Brave new design" in the R31

Title says it all really, Renault popped out it's interesting take on a 2011 Formula One contender. This has been quite anticipated by myself as Renault has been sneaking us the idea with their "brave new design" claim. Honestly, at first glance, it's not too "brave" but with closer examination, this claim may have some merit to it. 

I'll just let the pictures speak for themselves:

It's got what has been referred to as a "blown deck wing" which is sort of a cheaters variation on the F-duct from what I understand.

Also very new and very radical wing endplates. Some crazy ass vortex generators. Also, ahead of the drivers compartment and sidepod inlets, there is this funky box thing underneath the car.

I haven't the slightest idea of what this box does. Rumor has it though that it might be where the exhaust is being routed: yes, out of the front of the car. It almost does looks like there is some type of heat shielding and when you look at a picture of the back of the car, there is a lack of exhaust outlets.

It's hard to see in this picture but it is clear that Renault is relying on a push-rod style suspension setup in the rear. What is very interesting is that with closer examination, there appears to be 3 sets of wishbones. 

Unlike Ferrari, Renault has adopted a different approach to the adjustable rear wing setup with a very blocky looking actuator positioned upon the upper wing element. Also a little bit better view of the suspension geometry here.

Source of pictures: If you honestly can't see it, telling you here isn't going to help.

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