Mercedes is the WC title holder, and they have a very proven design and yet they changed their car a lot more than RS.19, with many agressive features. And the Renault has 1.s5 to find...
RB is doing quite the same as Merc...
Renault is also copying the most fancy solutions, and even in that they are not very agressive (sidepods)
The diffuser is a new design though, it's a kinda new generation of diffusers (borrowed from RB)
I thought Renault has scarified its 2018 program to focus on this car... but RS19 doesn't really look like a new departure, a car made with a very long lead time and increased ressources... a car made by a team that needs to find 1s5 seconds or even 0.7s ASAP, because it looks like a direct evolution of the RS.18 which was relatively underdeveloped (aero-wise) and was conservative aero evolution of the RS.17.
The real RS.19 will not be very different from the 3D render, I'm afraid.
I'm not saying the RS.19 will be slow... but will it reduce that gap? is building a conservative first iteration (again) is the right solution in this new phase, which is supposed to be an attack phase? You can argue Renault wanted to build an uncomplicated car in 2018, a clear platform to better understand modern aero and go step by step (to change the internals first) etc... but what about now?
Looking forward for those mysterious under-nose turning vanes. I hope they are radical : P maybe the bargeboards will also change completely, because these are extremely close to the latest 2018 bb, they're only shorter because of the new rules basically... same goes for the aerocat who only got its a** shopped off to comply with the new rules.
The floor will obviously change.
Edited by Alburaq, 14 February 2019 - 07:44.