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McLaren MP4-22 - nose pillars 02 February 2007

The MP4-22 sports a very different nose pillar arrangement to its predecessor. Rather than being connected to the wing's main profile as before, the curved pillars are now attached to the lower of the wing's two flaps (yellow arrows), leaving the main wing profile completely free. The result is that when airflow impacts the main profile - the foremost part of the car - it is not disrupted by turbulence from the pillars. This should make the front wing more efficient and also improve the quality of the airflow passing underneath the car. Increased downforce and better stability are the results.