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27 February 2007

Toyota TF107 - front-end aero

This dramatically-revised front wing appeared at last week's Bahrain test. Its sinuous upper profiles (1) now extend from the endplate and - unusually - connect directly to the nosecone, in a bid to generate more downforce. In addition, two large horizontal 'ears' (2) have been added to the side of the nose cone. These are an evolution of the winglets introduced last year, but in a slightly lower position over the push-rod link. The new 'ears' reduce both drag and turbulence generated by the front suspension elements. They also split the airflow in two, the lower part directed into the sidepod inlets and the upper part towards the rear wing.

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