Honda RA108 - 'elephant ear' nose wings 27 April 2008
This solution, debuted in Spain, is Honda's radical-looking interpretation of the nose winglets introduced by BMW Sauber to optimise the car's balance. They don't generate significant downforce, but instead help divert airflow horizontally, improving the quality of the airflow directed to the car's rear end and to its sidepod inlets. Honda, like BMW Sauber, have followed the common fashion this year of dramatically narrowing the lower section of the sidepods, reducing both the cross-sectional area of the inlets and the surface area of the radiators within. This reduction makes the effective channelling of airflow into the inlets even more crucial for effective cooling.