Marussia Virgin MVR02-More front wing updates at Turkey and a higher nose since Spain
Virgin struggles to surpass HRT ,its main target for the season, thus follows an aggressive development for a small team . Another pressure on the team is to watch Team Lotus stepping fast and gradually away from the grid bottom . For sure the on going reconstruction of team’s technical staff will need time to show clear progress on track but every new part is more than welcome now like the revised front wing first raced inTurkey .
The endplates of the revised wing are new, having now a bending outwards bottom instead of having a bending inwards upper part . That is to increase a bit the quantity of air flowing inside the endplate surface close to the main plane increasing downforce . The slotted endplate philosophy remains though unchanged to bleed air through decreasing drag . Another change is the rejection of the small air stabilizer (left arrow) , a stabilizer analogous to Red Bull RB7. Finally the nose camera winglets are again relocated back inside the wing pillars , a step backwards and probably triggered by the arrival of the new higher nose at Spain.
Speaking for the new nose , it stands much taller having a thinner tip and it does provide a richer flow of air under the car and towards the diffuser aiming downforce increase . It is good to underline that usually nose changes are followed by diffuser and floor related changes ( bargeboards , vanes etc ) .