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Renault R26 - internal nose damping system 11 June 2006

Last year the 'secret' in Renault's nose was a metal plate which acted as ballast at its tip. This year, the team have developed the concept further with a sort a vertical damper whose function is to reduce the sensitivity of the car's front end to load variations between high low-speed sections of a track. It also reduces the effects of rebound when riding kerbs and pitch sensitivity. Overall, it helps the car to maintain optimum balance more of the time, hence allowing it to use its tyres more efficiently.