will be interesting to see how competative the AU's really are, i mean on a LEVEL playing field!!
shame the model copped such a bad name just because people saw it loosing races and immediately thought that the road going version was inferior aswell.....
Well if i had to bet $1000 my money ain't on Ford thats for sure, unfortunately they looked abit disorganised with the BA supply, and if the AU's are exactly the same as last years specification wouldn't it throw the so called Project BluePrint in the tip ie Holden kicks of the season with a better front end suspension, new aero kits etc and Ford soldiers on with AU's.
Sounds like Ford will be in for another roasting this year.
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Blueprint is supposed to make sure that all four cars are approximately equal, which to my way of think would have meant a few things all based on aerodynamics.
The claim was that all awould have the same aerodynamic downforce, but as we know the same doesn't mean equal when it comes to a Ford v Holden comparison and TEGA has been typically gutless.
Firstly on the VX and AU, they either had to bring the VX back to the AU or bring the AU up to the VX which is what the Ford teams wanted in the middle of last year. They did not get it because TEGA chickened out.
But instead of meeting their stated goal, TEGA has said that the AU has more power than the PX so it is OK for it to have inferior front end aero. Go figure?
So the VX was set as the standard, and the BA and VY were meant to match it as close as an archaic roll test at an airport can. Why in the day of wind tunnels this multi-million dollar sport persists with inaccurate testing methods I do not know.
And that is where the figures came from that each of the manufacturers were meant to match. As we now know, Holden has fudged this stuff too by moving the radiator to affect air flow and thus reduce drag - as I understand it without fixing the location of certain components at the front of the car, it is possible to change the downforce by as much as 30% without touching the splitter.
So what will we have? In theory, the BA, VX and VY will have the same aerodynamic downforce, while the AU will continue to be panalised.
In practice we know because so many people are talking about it, that the VY has been given a leg-up because TEGA seems too frightened to pull them back. Either that or the HRT engineers are just that much smarter than the bloke from TEGA.
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