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Dec
11

Merry christmas; have some car porn

Posting car porn is about the closest I get to “giving” on this blog, so because ’tis the season I tracked down some neat stuff to put up here.

First of all we have the 2012 OAK Racing LMP2 car:

(Okay, yeah, it’s just a render.)

One thing that stands out to me is how the ACO’s mandated Big Dorsal Fin has completely changed the way LMPs mount the rear wing.  A year or two ago, you’d see a number of variations on the swan-neck concept that (IIRC) Acura introduced with the ARX-02a, ranging from “none at all, plain ol’ slab mounts attached to the bottom of the wing” to “extending way forward of the leading edge”.  Now everyone just hangs the wing off of the top of the BDF, which makes perfect sense but is a bit boring.  Another standout is the way the front splitter’s ends are getting more and more detailed, much like the endplates of an open-wheel car’s front wing.  I guess it makes sense: with the 2009-spec front wing widths, Formula One has been spending a lot of effort using those endplates to move air efficiently around the outside of the front wheels.  No reason why prototype aerodynamicists shouldn’t take a cue.

More detailed analysis (as well as in-the-flesh photos) can be found at Mulsanne’s Corner, though you’ll have to scroll down a bit.

Next we have the Garage Revolution RX-7 FD World Time Attack monster of a car:

If you want to see that beastie with its clothes off, click through to the MotoIQ article.  There is some neat stuff under that single-layer carbon fibre.

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