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Ferrari F2012 – Middle zone updates at China

Launch spec

Launch spec


       The F2012 had already received  several front wing updates before China , thus meaning that  some parts of the car should be re-examined to cope better with new aerodynamic elements .

 China- racing spec ,  old bargeboards and turning vanes are shown in the inset , the yellow arrows present the exact spots were changes took place .

China- racing spec , old bargeboards and turning vanes are shown in the inset , the yellow arrows present the exact spots were changes took place .

The first step to this direction was taken at China where new turning vanes and bargeboards replaced the old ones . The new turning vanes had a reshaped sharper end with  an additional vertical fin, while the bargeboard gained a winglet close to the turning vanes. Furthermore the large triangular chassis vane was replaced by more elegant double winglets spotted just behind the mirror, aiming to reduce further the amount of lift created by the sidepods .

 China – tested only ,the new double chassis winglets were tested even without the rest updates

China – tested only ,the new double chassis winglets were tested even without the rest updates

The new chassis winglets were even tested with the old turning vanes-bargeboards,  giving the impression that Ferrari was sure on their positive effect but had doubts on the rest updates .





HRT F112 – Different set up for Hispania duo at Monaco

  At Monaco Karthikeyan only raced a rear wing having a mini plane on the beam wing (yellow arrow) for extra downforce . Furthermore  “THESSAN” sponsorship logo was added on the endplates .

HRT F112 – New rear wing at Spain

    HRT managed for a small team to produce a major upgrade pack for the first 2012 European race at Spain . The new package apart from the new front wing , middle zone and rear bodywork changes included a new rear wing . The endplate bottom of the new wing is  less boxy bottoms and has horizontal gills instead of circular . Clearly the middle zone changes (analyzed here)  triggered the endplate changes close to the diffuser area which look now more Red Bullish .

HRT F112 – A Two year step back on development for bargeboard at Spain

October 10, 2012 1 comment

         F112 launch version lacked any bargeboards but soon a set of 2011 (F111) alike flow conditioners added on the car before Melbourne . At Spain the team moved not a year back but two instead by placing a 2010 (F110) alike set ! The two years dated  bargeboard has a saw tooth upper profile and does not extend behind the sidepod panel (no1 in the image below) but ends exactly where the floor surface starts . That itself proves that old parts could sometimes be more effective than newer ones and should never be forgotten  .Worth’s remembering though that F112 chassis is based on the same 2010 Dallara chassis opted to regulation changes .


        The new bargeboards dictated the sidepod panel’s  vertical slot to move slightly to the rear (no 3) , some changes to the rear zone and finally  the floor vanes become thicker , longer and more aerodynamic (no 2) to cope better with the new set .

HRT F112 – New front wing hit first European race


       At Spain a new front wing made appearance with a revised and more elegant second flap . The horizontal slot that divided the second flap is now gone while the main flap turned from red to black color . HRT raced the new wing even at low downforce tracks of Canada , Belgium and Italy but of reduced attack angle to minimize drag .

    A positive change for the team was the addition of sponsorship logos at endplates since Belgium ( KH-7) and flaps since Monza (ermestel) . Sponshorship is vital for each team and one of its main economic funding sources .


“KH-7” logo addition on endplates at Belgium


“ermestel” logo addition on flaps at Monza

Ferrari F2012 – color change on nose pillars since Mugello

        A minor livery change occurred at Mugello. Particularly the nose pillars adopted since then a semi black color , bringing into memory the old  black-red livery that Ferrari used to race many years ago  .

      Speaking for Ferrari’s livery ,it changed from a red-black livery in 1990’s to a red-white in 2000’s, then into a full red one (2007) to return back to red-white recently. It gives me a clue to expect  next year black colored front and rear wing flaps .


“Ventalia” type front wing on Ferrari F2012 –updates up to Hungary

      By the GP of Hungary Ferrari introduced at least 7 different front wing specs . The major wing revisions came alongside with extensive changes on the car reflecting the team’s will to erase the race pace handicap shown from early winter testing between the F2012 and the top cars (McLaren , Red Bull , Mercedes or even Lotus) . However some minor changes took place independently .

        The most striking feature of all concepts is the multiple flap design close to the endplates . At past Mc Laren raced with four or even five flapped wings but those concepts were abandoned due to revised 2009 technical rules . However slots on flaps are still allowed , a freedom which Ferrari took advantage to the maximum and opened a new era that I  call “a Ventalia” type design.

Spec : A           Debut : Launch      Raced : Australia , Malaysia
The most striking feature on the launch spec is the multiple slotted flap pattern that transforms the two flap concept into an effective four profiled .The gains in not only higher amount of downforce but also making the wing less sensitive to stall .

Spec: B                                                                                                                 Debut:pre season test at Barcelona on March                                  Raced:Not yet
It was obvious that lack of sufficient front downforce was among the major bugs of the new car that had to be solved .Thus a major wing update came at the third pre season test . The new wing had completely redesigned flaps including a different way the flaps attach to the endplate , triple slotted main flap and a large gurney tab pointed in green arrow. Modifications occurred also on cascades winglets and endplates which featured ducts to redirect air inside the wing area(all changes marked in yellow) . A more detailed look on the endplates reveals the strategy of Ferrari to redirect the lower flow inside the front tyres through the ducts while the upper flow is pushed away to the outer tyre surface .It is good to remember that Mc Laren curved the path of ducted endplates a few seasons ago .
The B spec was also tested at Malaysia and China . However the B version proved not suitable for the car needs thus never qualified to race .

Spec :C        Debut : China         Raced : Not yet
A modified B spec was brought at China lacking the large triangular gurney tab to benefit a greater top speed .

Spec : D         Debut : China , Raced : China , Bahrain
Ferrari raced in China with another new spec which included apart from the gurney tab lack , revised endplates and cascades ( in yellow) . The new upper deck has a deep cut close to the endplates to favor further drag cut .

Spec : D         Tested : Spain
It was also tested at Catalunya having a Santander logo addition on the endplates

Spec :E                  Debut: Mugello test on May                                     Raced: Spain, Monaco, Canada, Valencia, G.Britain,   Germany, Hungary
Mugello test was very fruitful for Ferrari as many new parts undergone evaluation testing , including new rear end , exhausts and a new front wing. Speaking for the front wing changes occurred on the wing sides and particularly the endplates. They may look similar at their lower part but the top is completely new , less curvy having a small horizontal triangular fin at the rear to improve airflow management close to the tyres . The top rear fin concept is not new but derives from older seasons .Moreover the cascade inner winglet adopted a new double profile and a revised trailing edge .Finally some modifications took place on the outer flap separator ( all changes are marked in yellow ) . Ferrari brought at Spain both E and D spec in order to perform a comparison test between the new and the old version.  Finally the nose pillars are half painted since in black carbon color .

Spec : F     Debut : Europe ( Valencia)      Raced : Not yet
This spec was tested at street circuit of Valencia , Silverstone and Hungaroring . It featured a new second flap which resembles more to launch spec , new flap separators and a deep cut on the triangular winglet of the endplate .The endplate itself inherited multiple ducts to enhance further the Ventalia concept efficiency .

Spec : G       Debut : Germany      Raced : Not yet
The latest update tested at Hochenheim and Hungaroring . It had modified endplates having even more ducts, five now instead of four , the cut on the winglet is gone and the flap separators gained a simpler appearance for both aero and mechanical reasons . Finally an extra slot was added on the second flap close to the endplates , increasing so the  effective profile of flaps from five to six !


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