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Renault R27 - nosecone winglets 02 March 2007

It is not the first time the R27 has sported 'ears' (arrow) on its nosecone, but it seems likely, after the new additions appeared once again in Bahrain, they have become a permanent fixture. Designed to improve airflow management around the cockpit and reduce turbulence, these horn-like winglets are positioned halfway between the front axle and the cockpit and bend upwards, extending outwards by 25 centimetres. They are designed to split the airflow into two parts, with the lower flow directed to the sidepod inlets and the upper flow towards the rear wing.