No wind tunnel at US F1

© Anup Pareek (Sportz Interactive), 28 December 2009

US F1 becomes the latest team to join Virgin in development without the wind tunnel technology.

Peter Windsor, Sporting Director, team US F1.
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There was a verbal spat between the Virgin and the Lotus F1 team earlier this month when Virgin designer Nick Wirth announced that the Virgin car was developed without the aid of a wind tunnel. Tony Fernandes from Lotus came back hard on Wirth and was quick to jibe, "I am from the aviation business, mate. You've got to have a wind tunnel.”

Now the latest team to join Virgin in development without this technology is US F1. The teams sporting director, Peter Windsor has revealed that their car is yet to be designed using the wind tunnel.

Windsor however clarified that the team thought it was a logical decision for a new team to begin developing with computational fluid dynamics and that the team would eventually be using a $41 million Windshear wind tunnel at Charlotte.

"Windshear is about 15 minutes' drive from our headquarters and will prove to be invaluable when we start to aero-map the full-size car in January," he said.

"We have no model shop ... and none of the expenditure and complication of running a model shop. Our 'model' is the real car and, as a new team in F1, we will be able to test at Windshear on numerous occasions in 2010," added Windsor.


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