McLaren: Singapore Front Wing Analysis

McLarens Singapore Front Wing Cascade Treatment

The cascade split aids airflow around the outside and inner face of the tyre

12 thoughts on “McLaren: Singapore Front Wing Analysis

  1. Nice drawing (as always!)

    It seems strange to remove the central chunk of a wing where the best downforce would normally come from. There must be something special about the vortex coming off the corner where the inner span bends down to meet the wing mainplane I’d guess?

    • It’s probably just for the brake cooling. A lot of brake wear in Singapore and with all that extra weight compared to 2009 its not really a surprise that McLaren are looking for more reliability.

  2. Scarbs, im no expert from a technical point of view, but that front wing certainly looks fascinating and very innovative. I’ve not seen a split philosophy with an actual gap between the planes used before.

    Do you think this is something they’ve worked on a while, after all before Silverstone they said they had big updates for Silverstone, Germany and then Singapore (I think).

    Anyway, do you think performance wise, this could give them a big chunk?

  3. Great illustrations to compare the old and new wings. By far the best way I’ve seen to demonstrate the differences between wings/any body part. Please do this more often, as I often get lost in the various descriptions and/or illustrations that don’t quite have the same “old vs. new” view that this one does.

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  5. Again, so easy to understand from your illustrations. We know Singapore over heated the brakes last time out to the extent of stopping McLaren on the track. Is this as many have suggested, just down to cooling?

    Which would mean bigger vents and re-routing the air flow to improve brake efficiency? Maybe not so drastic when you consider what happened last year.

  6. Hi, I love your site, and those drawings you do., thanks for these very clear diagrams.

    I was just looking at pictures of qualifying, and I noticed that those cascades are not the only difference on this front wing!

    Compare the old wing with the new one. If you look at the nosecone itself, the “scoop” under the nose cone now has a smaller secondary plane in the middle of it.


    New (bird-view):


    New (clear side-view):

    Does this directly generate downforce, or would its effect be to just create a better airflow to the back to create the downforce there? I guess at Singapore the bit of extra drag would not be a problem.

    • Thays a good spot, I hadn’t picked it up when I did this post. But you’re right there’s an extra element. In their, I’ve included this in my Automoto365 analysis, you can take the credit for that…



      • I more or less stumbled upon it, then looked around if anyone who’s opinion on F1 technical matters mentioned, re-checked that I wasn’t crazy, and thought you would find it an interesting additional bit of info, and could help give an idea of what effect it could have. That side picture of Button’s car really looks very impressive, but the black carbon makes it still a bit hard to spot in most shots.

        As said, you have a great site and your drawings manage to give very clear views of the cars. I love reading the Automoto365 analyses after each GP! Looking forward to the next one 🙂

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