Das Touring Meister
Posted: 20 May 2010
The result is a fabulous blend of the empirical and the abstract. The rear end of the R14 Plus really does deserve a place in the Tate Modern. For 2009, the eureka moment involved mounting the rear wing from the top rather than below, improving its flow characteristics. The front wheelarch winglets, meanwhile, are adjustable. On a fast circuit like Nuremburg's Norisring - two big straights, basically - they're closed or removed altogether, to reduce drag and boost top speed. But on the big downforce tracks - everywhere else - they're open.
Steps were also taken to improve the car's dynamic behaviour relative to a couple of highly significant and particularly variable, er, variables: deteriorating tyres and lessening mass as the fuel tank emptied. Then there's the braking system. Though AP Racing supplies a ‘control' braking set-up for every DTM car, improving air flow through the calipers clearly helps consistency of performance.