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Williams FW27 - new sidepods 09 July 2005

The revised 'B' spec FW27 first seen in France has extensively modified sidepods, especially towards the rear. Gone are the previous, large exhaust chimneys. Vented horizontal gills take their place (1), similar to those used by Renault, allowing a smaller exhaust opening in the bodywork, reducing the disruptive effect on airflow. The double winglets behind the radiator chimneys have also been modified with a different layout, the rearmost, white, winglet now closer to the upper, blue, one (2). This is an effect of the reduced sidepod height, achieved with smaller radiators. Finally, in the gearbox area (3) the rear suspension features revised, more compact mounting of the upper wishbone, giving a cleaner airflow.