Renault R28 - rear damper cooling vent 24 March 2008
Not strictly new, but very relevant in the heat of Malaysia, is the semicircular cooling vent placed over the R28's rear damper housing at the end of the very narrow engine cover. In 2008 the trend towards ever narrower engine covers has continued, in order to reduce the cover's negative influence on the airflow heading towards the rear wing. Such tight packaging makes cooling the elements inside the bodywork difficult. The dampers are particularly susceptible to heat, which could lead to malfunctions in terms of spring rate and rebound, or even blockages. The R28's special damper vent helps dissipate the heat in this particularly narrow and 'crowded' area.