Ferrari: front suspension installation

Ferrari inerter visible through the hatch in the top of the chassis

Unusually for a teams media image, this shot shows the front inerter installation on the F10.  What we can see here is the car without its access panels, revealing how the team mount the inerter between the front suspension rockers.  An inerter is a simple device akin the Renault Mass Damper, pioneered initially by McLaren.  It consists of a weight that spins on a threaded rod as the suspension moves, in order to balance out the ‘bounce’ of the tyres.  This creates a more consistent load at the contact patch and resultingly better grip from the tyres.

We can also the linkage in the steering column in the larger access panel. 

While on the edge of the monocoque is a round adjuster for the torsion springs.   This has been reported as a ‘ride height adjuster’, but a similar pair of adjusters has been on the top of the Ferrari moncooque for years.  I suspect these are simply the same preload adjusters, re-sited to suit the  “V” nose.

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