Hi, some backlog
Yes, it’s me who has won the contest! Because of private issues I completely forgot to boast. The main price contained:
1. Two fantastic books dealing about car’s aerodynamics:
“Race Car Aerodynamics” – theoretical basics presented in very nice way. Without all that ridiculous and often artificial academic talk.
“Competition Cars Areodynamics” – wow! This one goes even further and discusses a lot of case studies. It’s new release (2015) and includes e.g. simulations based on Ansys 14.5 or problem description with a use of cars such as Force India F1 (2009), Ferrari 430 GT3, LMP2 Zytek Z11 (2011) and much more.
Being a freelancer, from my point of view, the case studies are invaluable as they refer to actual values obtained during experiments as well as simulations not just “theoretical theory”.
2. Mercedes F1 car (2014) driven by Nico Rosberg – big model in one to eighteenth scale.
I don’t know how about you, but personally I prefer Nico over LH and I my opinion, given the way that 2014 season unfolded, he should be the champion. I was listening carefully Sky TV pundits’ comments, I tried to analyse the situation myself and to me it looked as if most LH problem were related to his driving style. And even if there was some bad luck… hey, that’s life, right?
What I can’t believe however are situations were Nico is faster, takes pole position and… his car stops. Just like that. Or he has the momentum, too little margin between him and LH and suddenly some unidentified liquid is being found on his steering wheel. There were more such examples and the ones who followed the season know what I’m talking about.
And 2015 season? Well, I’m afraid Nico may end up like Barrichello, Massa, Webber, Coulthard… But, I my opinion, the times have changed and now it’s much more difficult to hide all this internal games, policy. What do you think?
And finally visual proof