FIA bans advanced damper system

Posted: July 21, 2006 by Neeraj in aerodynamics, FIA, Formula-One, Renault, Teams

As reported on ITV-F1.com

Formula 1’s governing body has outlawed an advanced damper system used by Renault and several other teams. The system uses a mass suspended inside the dampers to equalise tyre bouncing frequencies under heavy loads, for example when cars are cornering or in contact with a kerb.

Now, however, the governing body has decided that mass dampers fall foul of Article 3.15 of F1’s technical regulations, which states that all devices influencing aerodynamic performance “must be rigidly secured to the entirely sprung part of the car” and “must remain immobile in relation to the sprung part of the car”. The FIA has concluded that mass dampers contravene this rule because the mass suspended inside the dampers is designed to move freely.

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