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Supercars abandons wind tunnel test plan

Tom Howard

Thursday 4th April, 2019 - 5:03pm

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Supercars will no longer be tested in a wind tunnel between the Symmons Plains and Albert Park events

Supercars has abandoned the prospect of conducting a wind tunnel test next week as part of its ongoing aero analysis of the current Ford, Holden and Nissan models.

The championship investigated the possibility of utilising a wind tunnel at Monash University in Melbourne which had become available to test the cars to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the current aero packages. 

News of the plan reached Speedcafe.com this week amid an ongoing parity debate surrounding the new-for-2019 Ford Mustang Supercar. 

A plan to send examples of current race cars to the Melbourne facility in the days between the Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint and WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint was investigated given the wind tunnel’s unexpected availability.

However, Speedcafe.com has been informed that such a test is now off the table a decision which is understood to have been made today.

Had the test gone ahead it would have restricted the time for teams involved in the process to prepare their cars in time for Phillip Island, the second of back-to-back championship rounds.

Utilising a wind tunnel would have been relatively new step for Supercars having outlawed teams from using the devices in 2012.

The championship has previously investigated using wind tunnels to assess aerodynamics for its race cars in 2012 prior to the launch of Car of the Future.

Back then it was understood that Australia didn’t harbour a facility capable of completing the process.

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