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Re: FW34
Posted by: Beer_Stalker
Date: 23/02/2012 17:21
Some info from the WilliamsF1 facebook app today:

The Williams F1 seven-speed seamless sequential semi-automatic gearbox is largely unchanged from last season. Minor adjustments were necessary to accommodate the Renault RS27 V8, but the focus for the design team over the winter was cooling.

“Our main focus has been on improving the reliability of the gearbox,” says Williams F1 Chief Operations Engineer Mark Gillan. “We’ve spent a lot of time looking into heat management and cooling and the Renault package gives us a few more tools to deal with it than we had in the past.”

Work on the mechanical parts of the FW34 started in April 2011, once the wheelbase was agreed. The double wishbone suspension, both front and rear, is made of carbon fibre and the team continues with the pullrod rear suspension configuration of last year.

“The layout of the suspension is largely the same,” says Mark Gillan. “But virtually every component on the car has been updated and changed. We’ve re-evaluated almost every part, including the suspension, and we believe we’ve made small gains everywhere.”

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