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Mercedes W02 – Rear Zone & cooling options

1.Floor exhausts


3.Gills to aid cooling

The new regulations forced teams to ban multiple deck diffuser and put under rethink any diffuser exhaust blown configuration .  All teams including Mercedes to decrease the downforce loss caused by the previous mentioned changes put  all their efforts on slimming significantly the car end  to offer a cleaner airflow towards the rear . Mercedes even had to revert from push rod to pull rod rear suspension   . The exhausts are placed close to the floor and pointing outwards to blow the hot emissions towards the outer diffuser section , a solution might help also to heat the rear tyres  . Sauber instead exploits the engine starter hole to blow through the emissions to energize diffuser .

The body cover wraps so tightly around the internal mechanical parts , just like skin , making the team to open gills at the back to prevent overheating , as the single oval hot air outlet above the rear light was found insufficient to meet the cooling needs .  However some heat oxidized spots were observed at the back of the car , a sign to alert  mechanics to refine cooling treatment of the car .  Thus for the second pre season test at Jerez the team tried two alternative extra options seen below

Large slots above the radiators

small outlets at both  cockpit sides

An asymmetric configuration of the two options was also tested with the right sidepod featuring the larger slot above the radiators and the left one the small hole close to the cockpit , revealing that the oil radiator should be housed inside the right sidepod tunnel .

  1. Peter
    February 21, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Really hot there

    • February 22, 2011 at 1:26 pm

      The extra hot air outlets fight back the overheating issues till now . We have to see yet the final cooling options for Bahrain .

  2. JonathanJL
    February 28, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    I have read that new sidepods are on the way and hope to solve any overheating issues

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