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Formula 1 Reveals First Look At 2021 Car In Wind Tunnel
August 23, 2019
While still under development, Formula 1 and FIA officials gave fans a rare glimpse into a wind tunnel with a 50% scale model of the 2021 build running for the first time with 18-inch tires.
Formula 1 Reveals First Look At 2021 Car In Wind Tunnel

Formula 1 and the FIA have unveiled a “first look” at the 2021 F1 car with video taken in the Sauber wind tunnel during a round of extensive testing last month.

While still under development, officials gave fans a rare glimpse into a wind tunnel with a 50% scale model of the 2021 build running for the first time with 18-inch tires.

“The wind tunnel testing we are doing is slightly different to what the teams might do,” says F1’s Chief Technical Officer Pat Symonds said to formula1.com. “Although we are doing most of our development in CFD… we want to back up the virtual simulations with a physical simulation. We also chose to use a 50% model rather than a 60% model and we chose to run that model quite a long way forward in the wind tunnel, so this gave us the opportunity to best inspect the wake of the car.”

Utilizing 100% scale cars in a wind tunnel was banned years ago due to the high costs of producing a full-scale model.

One of the main goals was to measure the amount of downforce in hopes of reducing the wake, allowing for more overtaking. According to the first look, the 2021 car will only have 10% of lost downforce for the following cars, compared to today’s 50%.

For more information, and a glimpse at the first look video, visit here.

Photo courtesy of F1