On the back of the car were various monitors (yellow) to measure deflection. Highlighted here is a small camera (red arrow) mounted on top of the rear suspension upright and pointed at the engine cover, to allow the team see how the cover is affected by deformation and heat. To make the images from the camera clearer and easier to analyse, a thin mesh skin (silver area) was also applied to the cover. This work is unlikely to lead to major changes on this year’s car, but could provide data invaluable to the development of next year’s.
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Tech insight - McLaren’s engine cover camera
22 Oct 2016