Mulsanne's Corner NEWS

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April 2004
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>>Jérôme Mugnier (Virages) provides these images taken at the Team Pescarolo unveiling.  This is the new livery on the now Judd powered Courage C60.
>>The Audi R8 appeared at the Le Mans Endurance Series test days at the Paul Ricard circuit in France in its revised '04 aerodynamic specification.  The modifications were two fold with revisions to the rear wing and front fender trailing edge.  They are discussed in more detail on the Audi R8 page.
Audi's response to the rules is interesting and somewhat surprising.  Surprising in that it wouldn't be thought that the rear wing reduction would require a change at the front to rebalance the car.  While reducing the wing from 200 cm to 180 cm sounds like a lot, actual forces aren't all that different.  Perhaps the front fender modification is simply further optimization on Audi's behalf having not updated the car since late '02.

The interesting take is Audi's interpretation of the rear wing reduction itself.  With carbon extensions bridging the gap between the 180 cm wing and the deep endplates at their 200 cm station, one could ask when is a wing not a wing?  Though it must be pointed out that at that point the air flow is anything but parallel and therefore one could argue that the extensions are a drag inducer and not necessarily very efficient downforce generators.  But maybe the R8 has drag to give away?

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