Virgin Racing’s chief designer Nick Wirth is redesigning the car’s rear wing to help improve the MVR-02’s overall pace and handling, the team’s lead driver Timo Glock has confirmed in an interview with Auto Motor und Sport.
Confirming a problem existed “on the aerodynamic side”, it is hoped that the alterations will improve the car’s pace to the tune of about one second per laps, bringing it closer to the pace of main rivals Team Lotus.
“We believe we have found it. Now we have to make sure we can resolve it,” he added. “We just need Nick Wirth to build some new wings and we can move forwards.”
The team has bucked the trend of the rest of the grid by relying solely on the use of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to design its cars, which – while significantly cheaper – has obvious risks of design flaws not being picked up without the use of a wind tunnel.
Last year’s VR-01 had to be hastily redesigned when it was discovered that the car’s fuel cell was too small to see its cars actually be able to finish the races it entered. Much of that was largely academic, however, as the car usually ground to a halt with another mechanical issue before fuel consumption really became an issue.
But Glock believes that the team has turned the corner on the reliability front, particularly when compared with one year ago.
“Compared to 2010, there is no comparison,” he said, before jokingly adding: “We can’t have any problems with KERS because we haven’t got one!”
[Original image via LAT]
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