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Tech insight: Toro Rosso’s revised front wing

09 Aug 2016

Toro Rosso introduced a raft of developments to the STR11 in Germany, including a brand-new front wing…

More than just generating downforce, the front wing sets the tone for airflow downstream, so it’s perhaps unsurprising that it is one of the most developed parts of any F1 car. At Hockenheim Toro Rosso introduced a new-spec front wing as one of a number of performance enhancing developments. In fact, the Italian team added so many new parts - including a revised floor, new brake ducts and updated sidepod turning vanes - that the STR11 was almost a B-spec.

Of the many tweaks made to the front wing, the most obvious is the addition of a little fin (indicated by the black arrow) which replaces the arched section of the previous version. Smaller revisions, including changing the shape of the endplate’s trailing edge, should help improve airflow around the front tyres - a key factor for improving aero performance along the car.