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      01-24-2012, 09:21 AM   #92
stefan
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Mega disappointed. I for one am disgusted with the criteria used to ban innovations in F1 at the moment. The FIA is so quick to jump the gun. The reactive suspension system sounded like it was going to be excellent for competition while still promoting FIA's focus on aero. They banned reactive suspension under 3.15:
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3.15 Aerodynamic influence :
With the exception of the driver adjustable bodywork described in Article 3.18 (in addition to minimal parts
solely associated with its actuation) and the ducts described in Article 11.4, any specific part of the car
influencing its aerodynamic performance :
- must comply with the rules relating to bodywork.
- must be rigidly secured to the entirely sprung part of the car (rigidly secured means not having any degree of freedom).
- must remain immobile in relation to the sprung part of the car.
Any device or construction that is designed to bridge the gap between the sprung part of the car and the ground is prohibited under all circumstances.
No part having an aerodynamic influence and no part of the bodywork, with the exception of the skid block in 3.13 above, may under any circumstances be located below the reference plane.
With the exception of the parts necessary for the adjustment described in Article 3.18, any car system,
device or procedure which uses, or is suspected of using, driver movement as a means of altering the aerodynamic characteristics of the car is prohibited.
Key thing here is "having an influence of part of the bodywork", though the regulation almost makes it sound like that would apply only to actively controlled influences, while the reactive system is fairly organic and sensible. Oh well.
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