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Williams FW37 - stub nose

06 Mar 2015

Williams are one of the few teams to have retained a protuberance on the nose of their 2015 car. We investigate why...

In order to improve the look of the cars, new rules have been introduced this season which state that the cross sectional area of the nose must be at least 9,000 mm2, broadening to 20,000 mm2 further back.

However, whilst this has consigned the ugly protruding noses of 2014 to history, there are still variations in the approaches teams have taken. As pictured, Williams have kept a 9,000 mm2 'stub' at the front of their nose cone, an approach in contrast to most other teams. Using a stub such as this should improve airflow underneath the nose and central section of the car towards the diffuser at the rear.