Technical analysis of the Haas VF-17: positive surprise

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The single-seater american has given the surprise by its level of detail. it Is true that the formation founded by Gene Haas made the first season very competitive, but also that he was something more predictable due to its technical partnership with Ferrari, who was well acquainted with the regulations in force since 2014.

it Is customary for teams beginners suffer especially in its second season, as they have invested much resources and effort in a good start, that the project of the following year is adversely affected. But Haas was very aware of this from the beginning and has tried not to fall into an error that, judging from the look of the new VF-17, it is not likely to occur.

Dallara is the creator of this Formula 1, since Haas will in charge the design to the Italian house and the fact that it is the most complex project ever undertaken by them does not seem to have made a dent. Obviously, it will be the track that dictates if the design works, but at least we can see that the car has followed the trend in line with the new regulation.

Y250

although the front wing does not present excessive innovations with respect to 2016 and this is sure to change soon -once you have collected the first data in track-, we use the first image to speak of the Y250 (1), an area bounded by regulation that extends 250 millimeters from the longitudinal axis of the car and on the that you can not work at the level aerodynamic. In this way, it creates a channel of aerodynamic flow under the nose with the main task of associating with the elements located below in the lower area of the car.

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As we have already discussed in other analyses, el morro short is very important, since it minimizes the maximum interference inevitable in such a flow, something that was not the case with the snouts high in previous years, now prohibited by regulation.

painstaking

Following the path of the incoming flow through the Y250, we observed two appendices (2) considerable, and, just behind, the turning vanes (3), all with the function of controlling and directing the above-mentioned flow in the right way towards the keel, the pontoons (7), bargeboards (4) and side deflectors (6).

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And is that the middle area of the car is considerably worked, including a fin (5) in the style of Mercedes W08, about bargeboards of double profile and a few side deflectors suspended and that embrace the pontoon virtually entirely. As is the norm this year, the pontoons have been reduced in size thanks to the work of optimization to the level of cooling all the bikers.

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As a final detail in this area, we can highlight the presence of nuts blow (9) and an interesting work of control of the aerodynamic flow from the endplates of the front wing through the ripple and overlay a part of the soil (8) at the height of the pontoons. This detail, together with those that we observe in the rear (10) has not yet been revealed in cars like the Williams, McLaren or Red Bull, but surely will appear in the test.

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shark Fin… but with style

while we are watching as all the cars of this year introduced the shark fin (11) -except Mercedes, which will include the test-not all of them are still committed in providing it with harmonious forms. This is not the case of Haas, who has molded its back face in order to adapt it in a way more angled to the rear spoiler. However, it is likely that this element is one of the most changes suffered throughout the season.

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Ending with the rear, the spoiler presents a setting far removed from concepts of radical, keeping away from the edge of the previous slots (12) of the upper part of the endplate. Yes, those of the lower part (13) adopt changes regarding 2016, going to have only vertical elements, and eliminating the horizontal.

What is not usual is that the computers show us the diffuser (14) in a way as clear as what makes Haas in their official photos, which can verify perfectly the the great size that the new regulation allows and details such as sub-channels formed in the interior and the tab that goes all around the perimeter and contributes to enhance its effect skimmer.

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If the Haas does not present elements radically flashy as other cars, if it has demonstrated its ability to stay ahead of the regulations in many aspects, something that on a computer with only a year of experience, limited budget and aspirations of staying in the middle part of the grill, allows you to create good feelings initial. The reality, from this Monday the 27th in Barcelona.