With huge media and fan attention Red Bull launched their RB10 last week at Jerez. Much of the cars aero has been kept simple to get through the difficult early testing period, but some 2014 specific features are evident around the front of the car and are worthy of some close analysis.
If the nose tip regulations have caught everyone’s attentions, probably just as influential but hidden is the front bulkhead regulation. For 2014 the front A-A bulkhead is placed some 100 lower, down to 525mm form 625m. As the bulkhead is a fixed external cross section, this created an unavoidable obstruction for the airflow passing under the raised chassis.
Lotus surprised the F1 world with its aggressive Twin Tusk design for the nose of the E22. This is a solution that turns most peoples understanding of the 2014 nose tip regulations on its head. But none the less the design is legal and unlikely to be protested.
Why do 2014 F1 cars have finger noses?
A key feature of most of the 2014 cars will be an odd shaped proboscis sticking out from the nose. This isn’t a new aero trick in its right, but simply a reaction to some badly written rules. Albeit rules were written in good faith to introduce anew safety measure, these ‘finger’ noses are likely to figure a lot in the early season as fans get used to their odd design. Here I explain why these designs have become necessary.