The shark fin 4.0 – Force India F1

First came Red Bull, then Renault, then Toro Rosso, now after 2 days of waiting, here comes Force India and their version of shark fin engine cover:

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Photos: Force India F1

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  1. KotenokNo Gravatar says:

    I think this is the most aerodynamic developed car, Gascoyne just didn’t forget anything, they placed every aerodynamical gadget existing nowadays on the livery, but they forgot the bunny ears (thanks god!!).

  2. Cruz GonzalezNo Gravatar says:

    A very square design, It could be fantastic that a very primittive design have a noticeable success, I can’t imagine a Ferrari with this shape

  3. AndyNo Gravatar says:

    Is that a periscope on top of the fin in the first picture?

    • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

      Actually that is what I have been wondering about. Several other cars use that weird shape of camera during tests, McLaren too for example. No idea what is that …

      • KotenokNo Gravatar says:

        This have to do with tests only, this is a sensor which catch upper wind flow and reads how aerodynamics work in parts where the air is lost by the livery already.

        It is really important to know if the air follows a straight line still or it is being diffused (that’s a result of bad performance), they need to know about the vibrations, the speed and the pressure and the direction the air is following. And it’s needed to know how is it going to affect the back end of the car, when especially the new fins are used it’s vital to know that data for knowing their success on the design or total mistake.

        However it is a kind of periscope to catch some important numbers, but not to see anything far away :P

        About the fin, they’re following the development that the average from the cars is following. This is the most realistic for a little team, shorting months of investigation and design, by getting a borrowed idea and applies it to their own solution and look if it works well.
        Well, square shapes were used when motors were bigger and more powerful, needed lots of cooling, nowadays teams can cut more their shapes because the V8 limited to 19000rpm don’t need that amount of cooling, and try to better the aerodynamically shape.
        Seems Force India, needs that over-cooling (could be possible because they want to be reliable) or have years lag in their chassis design (surly, it is it). Anyway, team Force India is some kind of rising F1 team, the new spare parts will come soon I guess, that’s not the old Pacific Racing…. And their owner has got high expectations!!

        • KotenokNo Gravatar says:

          I forgot one important thing, it also works as data transmission antena, important in tests to get telemetry from the car to the box, and from the box to the car. During races we won’t see that because it is banned to recieve incoming data from the box on the car.

  4. StewNo Gravatar says:

    Something had to happen at Fore India and doesn’t it seem fitting that they would go to this? We’ll see what happens.

  5. [...] The shark fin 4.0 – Force India F1 – F1 Wolf I don’t know if it’s because it’s white and the others aren’t, but this looks by far the most extreme ’shark fin’ we have seen yet (tags: ForceIndia fin testing) [...]

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