Thursday, May 8, 2008

End plates and barge boards

Getting the air to separate cleanly between upper- and under-body is vitally important to the effectiveness of the aerodynamics. Endplates, the complex shapes at the sides of the front wing, are designed to do this. Further back, low on the side of the bodywork, behind the front wheels, are the barge boards. Barge boards pull the air coming over the front wing along more quickly – and thus increasing the downforce – and then channel it where needed.

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