Posts Tagged ‘Airbox’

Force India VJM07 , double snorkel airbox

Force India VJM07 Airbox  Jerez test January 2014


   Force India adopted a double snorkel airbox on the VJM07, a solution origins on Mc Laren back in 2011. That design offers a less draggy bodywork behind driver’s head compared to Toro Rosso, but  increased air disruption on the rear wing.



Marussia M03 – Airbox zone details

Motor Racing - Formula One Testing - Day 3 - Jerez, Spain


    Airbox on M03 is very effective in regards of cooling. Beyond the main triangular inlet, there are two more additional openings to cool down  internal mechanical parts ( i assume them to be the oil radiator and ERS components). Exploiting  airbox zone allows mechanics  to maintain sidepod inlets close to 2013 dimensions rather than enlarging them a lot. The appearance of the car now lacking the sculpted bodywork behind the driver’s head  resembles more to monocoques prior to 1997 season . Worth’s taking into consideration that such a configuration is more draggy and suffers increased negative aero impact caused from  driver’s helmet .

    Finally a small but important cooling inlet exists where the engine cover starts to drop downwards to feed the gearbox radiator.

Team Lotus T128 – Airbox details


1.gearbox radiator

2.smaller pipes to feed gearbox radiator with fresh air for cooling

3.main airbox chamber

4.Renault engine , RS27-2011 V8

5.blade style roll hoop structure


  No 1. Gearbox radiator

No.5 blade roll

Team Lotus T128 – Blade roll hoop – multiple airbox inlets

               Team Lotus T128 has a blade roll hoop similar to the one pioneered by Mercedes W02 car last season but  thicker  to meet with 2012 technical regulations . The benefits of this structure are a lower centre of gravity and a cleaner flow of air towards the rear wing because there is less frontal surface above driver’s helmet . As a result of it the airbox inlet is split into two primary hoses (No1). Formula 1 cars use a pyramidal carbon made air intake chamber to draw air above the driver helmet to feed engine with air. Additionally there are  two smaller ones (No2) lying lower to provide gearbox radiator with fresh cooling air .

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