What's a J Damper?
Posted 11 June 2008 - 10:06
Renault has fended off suggestions that its 2008 car could be tainted by the espionage scandals of last year.
Earlier this season, it emerged that the French squad delayed using a particular suspension innovation until very recently, following the scandal surrounding engineer Phil Mackereth's defection from McLaren.
In the World Motor Sport Council hearings before Christmas about the Renault spy case, it was revealed that among Mackereth's McLaren drawings was a device referred to as a 'J-damper'.
It is suggested that the R28 raced by Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet now features similar technology.
"I don't know. What's a J-damper?" Renault's engineering chief, Pat Symonds, said at Montreal last weekend.
"If you can tell me what that is, I can tell you whether we've got one, I guess. It's not an engineering term.
"All I can say is that everything on our car has been checked by the FIA," the Briton added.
Symonds explained that, following the mass damper episode and banning of 2006, Renault now always gets FIA clearance before debuting any significant new technologies.
He said: "It is true that we ran new suspension components on the car in Barcelona and I can confirm that we checked very carefully with the FIA whether they felt that those suspension components infringed any technical regulations, sporting regulations or indeed the laws of the land."
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Posted 11 June 2008 - 10:16
Edit: thanks Timstr
Posted 11 June 2008 - 10:18
Inerters are a legal part of the suspension and are used by several teams (Ferrari, Red bull, Williams, Renault and Mac) and all relate to research done by Cambridge Don; Malcolm smith. His work has been in the public domain since 2002 and hence is far from being directly related to the Spy saga.
Here's my fuller journal article on the devices (subscription)...
Posted 11 June 2008 - 11:18
But Renault stated they had no idea how the device worked despite having drawings. If the information was in the public domain, it seems odd to me that this claim could be made.
Originally posted by scarbs
His work has been in the public domain since 2002 and hence is far from being directly related to the Spy saga.