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TECH TUESDAY: The unwanted characteristic that returned on Mercedes’ 2024-focused Spa updates

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Mark Hughes and Giorgio Piola
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Mercedes made another significant upgrade to the bodywork of the W14 at Spa, with a new radiator inlet shape converging into an enhanced upper sidepod overhang, creating a mild version of the fashionable ‘water slide’ as pioneered on the Aston Martin and Alpine and since seen on other cars too.

Mercedes claim that the taller inlet has improved the quality of airflow to the radiators, allowing fewer aerodynamically disruptive bodywork louvres for a given level of cooling.

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