Renault R26 - additional chassis 'ears' 26 August 2006
After the outlawing of their mass dampers prior to Istanbul, Renault have introduced several aero changes in Turkey to better balance the car. These additional 'ears', positioned immediately ahead of the cockpit, are similar to those mounted further down the nose at front-suspension level. Their function is to improve the stability of the car's front end, as well as helping to manage the airflow directed to the rear. The target of better aero balance and front-end behaviour is the same as that obtained using the mass damper.