Mclaren MP4-27 Uses Oddly Conventional Nose Design
The oddly-conventional high nose design of the current Mclaren MP4-27 was recently tested at Mugello and the testing was successful enough for it to appear at this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix. The nose design helps to manage airflow directed to rear of the car but hardly does anything to the front of the vehicle. Team principal Whitmarsh has said, “You are managing the airflow enjoyed by the rest of the car. [There are] a lot of restrictions around the back end of the car, so you generate more improvement by managing the flow that arrives there than by developing the rear itself.”
Whitmarsh remarked that there was a reasonable chance that we will see the car on Sunday. Hopefully the changes will be enough to make the McLaren more competitive. The team’s four front-row starts, two poles and a race win in the first four events, gives us reason to expect a lot more.