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Mercedes W02 – New sidepod Panels for Barcelona test on March


 

Part of the major upgrade package launched for Barcelona test on March was the full sized sidepod panels which replaced the previous very short ones . The new panels have a middle section leaning inwards to direct more air around the outer panel surface but retain the inclined outwards bottom section to divert as much air as possible inside the panel and around the sidepod bottoms towards the rear .

A comparison between the new panels of W02 and the latest spec of the W01 , which have an outward leaning middle section , reveals a shift in aerodynamic philosophy between the two cars .  A possible explanation is given by the fact that KERS reinstallation increased significantly the volume of W02 sidepods  making favorable airflow passing around the panels

 

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