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Tech gallery: How the Force India VJM10 evolved throughout 2017

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Tech gallery: How the Force India VJM10 evolved throughout 2017
Matt Somerfield
By: Matt Somerfield
Dec 22, 2017, 12:40 PM

A selection of the best technical images of Force India’s 2017 challenger, the VJM10, courtesy of Giorgio Piola, Sutton Images and LAT images

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In detail

In detail
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Photo by: Sutton Images

Close-up of the front wheel rim and blown axle.

In detail

In detail
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Photo by: Sutton Images

Rear view of the steering wheel shows the shape and detail employed on the clutch paddles.

Australian GP

Australian GP
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Photo by: Giorgio Piola

The front wing under construction with different upper flap options available.

Bahrain GP

Bahrain GP
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Photo by: Giorgio Piola

The team made revisions to the area ahead and around the sidepods, the sidepod airflow conditioner also had an extra support added (red arrow).

Bahrain GP

Bahrain GP
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The floor extension behind the bargeboards was modified to include these slots (arrows), changing the flow pattern around them.

Bahrain GP

Bahrain GP
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A comparison of the turning vanes used in China and Bahrain shows the removal of the long slot in the forwardmost element. The yellow line highlights the change in shape to the rearward one.

Bahrain GP

Bahrain GP
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Changes made to the bargeboards and airflow conditioners with the launch car inset for comparison. More slots were introduced to the main bargeboard (red arrows), the pre-bargeboard was extended (white arrow) and the airflow conditioners connection to the sidepod was reduced in width (yellow arrow).

Monaco GP

Monaco GP
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Photo by: Giorgio Piola

The team added a triple element T-wing and monkey seat to help balance the car in Monaco.

Canadian GP

Canadian GP
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Changes made to the bargeboards, with the corner shape of each section optimised (white arrow) and the pre-bargeboard extended (red arrow).

Azerbaijan GP

Azerbaijan GP
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Force India ran without the endplate canards in Azerbaijan and Canada.

Azerbaijan GP

 Azerbaijan GP
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The wing complete with canards for comparison.

Austrian GP

Austrian GP
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Photo by: Sutton Images

A kiel probe array is mounted behind the car during practice to gather data.

British GP

British GP
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Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Side view of the changes made by Force India to its front wing, including an additional slot in the mainplane and increase in the number of upper flaps from two to three.

British GP

British GP
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The swept cockpit canards added to the VJM10 at the Austrian GP (blue arrows).

British GP

British GP
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Side view of the bargeboard area. Note the continuation of the mini-winglets between the pre-bargeboard and main bargeboard.

Hungarian GP

Hungarian GP
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Photo by: Sutton Images

A look at the VJM10’s front suspension, including the large third or ‘heave’ element mounted horizontally between the rockers.

Belgian GP

Belgian GP
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Photo by: Sutton Images

A look at the VJM10’s front brake assembly while the car is being prepared shows the various routes airflow must navigate to both cool the brakes and improve aero.

Italian GP

Italian GP
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Photo by: Sutton Images

Close-up of the VJM10’s diffuser with flo-viz applied.

Italian GP

Italian GP
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Photo by: Sutton Images

Close-up of the VJM10’s main exhaust and wastegate exhausts, which have been conjoined.

Singapore GP

Singapore GP
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Photo by: Giorgio Piola

The ‘Stegosaurus’ added by the team in Singapore is a row of multiple winglets on either side of the engine cover's spine, which create a series of smaller vortices that entwine to create a larger vortex and improve the performance of the shark fin. Also noted is the wider airbox winglet (blue arrow) which is similar to a design employed by Williams (inset).

Malaysian GP

Malaysian GP
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Photo by: Sutton Images

A nice view of the mid section of the chassis shows how the serrated sections of the turning vanes and bargeboards have a different aspect.

Singapore GP

Singapore GP
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Comparison of the two T-wing designs used in Singapore and Monaco, with the extra slots added for Singapore highlighted in yellow.

Mexico GP

Mexico GP
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Photo by: Sahara Force India F1

A great ¾ view of the sidepod and the area ahead of it which features complex structures such as the bargeboards.

United States GP

United States GP
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Photo by: Giorgio Piola

The two element monkey seat introduced in Japan, with additional crash structure winglets too (red arrow). The more simplistic monkey seat can be seen in the inset for comparison.

Mexican GP

Mexican GP
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Photo by: Giorgio Piola

The team optimised the bargeboard area of the car further in Mexico, changing the shape of each serration in its upper surface (red arrow), revising the shape of the pre-bargebaord (blue arrow), adding a row of mini-winglets (green arrow) and increasing the height of the last section of the main bargeboard to form a deflector (white arrow).

Mexican GP

Mexican GP
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Photo by: Giorgio Piola

The team tested, but did not race, a solution already seen on the Mercedes W08 and Red Bull RB13, three strakes placed on the leading edge of the upturned floor - breaking up turbulence and creating their own set of vortices.

Mexican GP

Mexican GP
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A close up of the VJM10’s front wing from behind showing just how aggressive the compartmentalisation of the wing is in order to create the outwash tunnel.

Mexican GP

Mexican GP
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A close-up of the front wing endplate shows the detail of the two endplate canards deployed by the team.

Mexican GP

Mexican GP
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A close-up of the triple element T-wing, which has slots in the leading edge of each element in order to improve efficiency. Note the small swan neck-style supports in the centre of each slot to bridge the gap and stop it closing as pressure builds.

Mexican GP

Mexican GP
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The two-element turning vanes have multiple serrations in their footplate to trip the airflow, creating smaller vortices that roll up and combine to create a larger vortex.

Brazilian GP

Brazilian GP
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Photo by: Giorgio Piola

The team applied to the leading edge of the first winglet element on the monkey seat, reducing thermal transfer from the exhaust which is in close proximity.

Brazilian GP

Brazilian GP
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Photo by: Mark Sutton

The team mounted a kiel probe array behind the rear wheel in Brazil to study the behaviour and interaction of the diffuser and wheel wake.

Brazilian GP

Brazilian GP
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Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Looking over the top of the front suspension at the bargeboards, floor and sidepods.

Brazilian GP

Brazilian GP
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Photo by: Mark Sutton

A close-up of the front wing which is split into two distinct sections, the outer of which, left in bare carbon, is shaped in order to manipulate the wake shed by the front tyre.

Brazilian GP

Brazilian GP
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Photo by: Mark Sutton

Mechanics work on the VJM10 with the covers off, leaving detailed areas of the car exposed.

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Series Formula 1
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Author Matt Somerfield
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