McLaren to get a nose job in Spain
A few keen eyes caught a distinctly higher nose on the McLaren MP4-27 in Mugello last week during testing and team boss Martin Whitmarsh confirms they will most likely use the new, higher nose:
“There’s a reasonable chance we will see it,” said Whitmarsh.”We got a lot of feedback from Mugello, so we have the data to set it up and can find the performance on track.
“Classically of course you are looking for lower drag and higher downforce, but be aware that nowadays incremental improvements are generally modest.
“In the case of the nose and front wing the attachment pylons are quite different and there are other subtle differences.
“You are managing the airflow that is enjoyed by the rest of the car. Nowadays, in quite a critical part of the car you are looking to find very small improvements.
“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.”
Before we panic and assume the new nose will look like the Ferrari stepped nose, I’m happy to report it’s higher but the step is actually gradual from the pictures I’ve seen. We wouldn’t want to ruin the best looking car on the grid would we?