FIA just lowered the limit of aero research teams are allowed.
From today's Autosport news:
"Use of these two types [Windtunnel and CFD] of testing is now capped by a formula based on the number of hours the windtunnel is running and the amount of processing expended on CFD during an FIA-defined eight-week 'aerodynamic testing period'.
Set out in Appendix 8 of the sporting regulations, in each eight-week period the formula states a team can only do a certain amount of testing, using a combination of windtunnel times or CFD usage.
Windtunnel time is defined as the amount of hours the fans are turned on above a certain speed, also known as wind-on time. CFD usage is the amount of teraflops used in processing a model.
The wind-on time used for this formula is the average wind-on hours per week, while CFD processing is the total for the full eight week period.
Each measure (wind-on time/teraflop) is used as a single unit and the cap sits at 30 units in the testing period.
So a team could use up to 30 hours per week of wind-on time and no CFD processing, or 30 teraflop of CFD and no windtunnel or a combination of both."
Does anybody know how FIA enforces these limits?
And are they actually enforceable? It seems easy to cheat.
Edited by Paolo, 16 December 2013 - 09:22.