Renault’s Exhaust-Blown Front Diffuser
January 31, 2011
Images of Lotus Renault GP’s R31 are all over the internet now, and people analysing the images have noticed that the exhaust exits are nowhere to be seen.
I’m hearing that the car is running an incredibly innovative exhaust system. Rather than routing the exhausts to the rear, the exhaust exits the car at the front, blowing over a front-mounted diffuser to generate additional downforce. If this is true, it would certainly explain the disappearance of the exhaust exits from the expected locations, and would be a major innovation in F1.
More to come.