Dissecting the Stunning AMR21 - Is It Going to Live Up to the Hype?
It's lean, mean, green and NOT a copy of the W11!
I have to admit I was expecting an over-hyped mediocre kind-of launch. And I was very wrong. They got Dave, Daniel Craig and Tom Brady all to come somehow which is crazy. Probably lots and lots of money involved in that.
But before I get carried away with Dave songs, let's look at the car itself, shall we?
Image from https://www.astonmartin.com/en/our-world/AMF1
The front wing is super interesting: the top element is actually the first of its kind, as they've decided to change its shape so it dips halfway and drops off right at the end. Usually the elements are either inboard loaded or outboard loaded while this seems to be a bit of a combination. The drop off at the end may be there in order to direct more air to the bargeboard/front floor area of the car in response to the new regulations. The red line outlines the current spec, whilst the blue line shows approximately where it was in 2020.
Basically it's new, and I like it.
The cut out on the third element remains - again, it was not on the W11 - whilst the brake ducts are top-heavy instead of Mercedes' bottom-heavy designed they revealed yesterday:
It's been three years in the making - but how much are the champions holding back? (A lot, by the way)
The small winglets on the top of the nose cone are still straight, whilst the ones on both W11 and W12 are contoured to further manipulate air.
The bargeboard is also dissimilar to Mercedes', with AM running an extra Venetian Blind as well as the L-shaped parts being adjacent instead of one on top of the other. The red circle shows that the central Venetian Blinds have been bridged onto the plate next to it, perhaps to enhance the airflow and again mitigate the changes made to the floor.
The engine cover is slimmer than Mercedes which indicates they have less central cooling; indeed there's one continuous bulge instead of two smaller ones. AM have accentuated the undercut on the sidepod to energise the flow into the diffuser. At the rear, the coke bottle is raised - which would've been problematic to repackage - that should enhance the flow once again. Two of their tokens were spent here, as it's the chassis, but we don't know where they've used the remaining one.
Out of all of the floors I've seen so far, this looks like the best one. They have the fenders nearer the front which Red Bull also used at the launch as well as in front of the tyre. You can't see it here, but there's also a flick up alongside the rear tyre and a lip, right before the front fenders so they don't interfere.
For a car launch they've revealed quite a bit, but there could be even more to come by the time F1 gets to Bahrain for testing!
All of the pictures are from the above sources, whilst all edits are my own.