Lotus initiates new braking system for Formula 1. And FIA happy the concept is totally legal, Lotus opponents it’s to be put on to reproduction its innovative reactive ride height system ahead of the 2012 season.
Lotus (Renault GP) was reported to have tried out at the 2011 Abu Dhabi young driver test. The mechanical system helps keep a standard ride height during braking – when often the front of the car would dip down.
Competitors are understood to have looked into the system and its legality over recent days – with a report in Gazzetta dello Sport this week suggesting it was driver adjusted by the use of a pedal in the cockpit. But, if the drivers were changing the ride height of the cars under braking then that would be a breach of the rules.
Article 3.15 of the F1 Technical Regulations states: “With the exception of the parts necessary for the adjustment described in Article 3.18 [the DRS], any car system, device or procedure which uses driver movement as a means of altering the aerodynamic characteristics of the car is prohibited.”
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