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Tech gallery: How the Haas VF-17 evolved throughout 2017

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Tech gallery: How the Haas VF-17 evolved throughout 2017
Matt Somerfield
By: Matt Somerfield
Dec 18, 2017, 1:07 PM

A selection of the best technical images of Haas’ 2017 challenger, the VF-17, courtesy of Giorgio Piola, Sutton Images and LAT images.

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Australian GP

Australian GP
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The T-wing used by Haas has already come under scrutiny during the pre-season tests, owing to it being the cause of the shark fin flexing violently under load. As such, in Australia the team was forced to add material to the shark fin to improve rigidity (arrowed).

Chinese GP

Chinese GP
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Photo by: Sutton Images

The VF-17’s rear brake duct assembly without the brake drum/cake tin shows the pipework used to cool the rear caliper.

Bahrain GP

Bahrain GP
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The floor section alongside the sidepods flank is outfitted with a long slot.

Bahrain GP

Bahrain GP
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Detailed shot of the VF-17’s chassis and front suspension.

Monaco GP

Monaco GP
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A nice view of the rear brake duct and the various winglets attached to it. Also note the detail in the outermost corner of the diffuser where very shapely Gurney trims are used to intersperse high pressure airflow into the low pressure zone.

Monaco GP

Monaco GP
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Photo by: Sutton Images

Close-up of the sidepod's leading edge slat, connected by two vortex generators.

Monaco GP

Monaco GP
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Close-up of the double element, hooped T-wing. Note the highly cambered upper element.

Canadian GP

Canadian GP
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The VF-17’s steering wheel, which bears a significant resemblance to the one used by Ferrari in recent years.

Azerbaijan GP

Azerbaijan GP
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Photo by: Sutton Images

Spare wings for both Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen are all set up with different upper flap solutions.

Azerbaijan GP

Azerbaijan GP
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A comparison of the double vs single rear wing mounting pillar solutions used between Canada and Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan GP

Azerbaijan GP
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The bargeboard, floor and sidepod airflow conditioner region of the car that became ever more complex throughout the season.

Azerbaijan GP

Azerbaijan GP
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Photo by: Sutton Images

The tyre spat area ahead of the rear wheel features three smaller L-shaped slots and one larger one.

Austrian GP

Austrian GP
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The front wing with its adjuster set for a very low angle of attack.

Austrian GP

Austrian GP
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A rearward shot of the wing shows the strakes mounted on the underside of the wing. Also note the front wing endplate which has been divided into two sections.

Austrian GP

Austrian GP
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Photo by: Sutton Images

Chassis/bulkhead and brake cylinder detail.

British GP

British GP
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Haas using discs with significantly more cooling capacity, as the drill holes used to disperse heat are drilled in a chevron pattern, allowing six holes across their face.

Austrian GP

Austrian GP
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The front wing endplate, complete with an elongated canard.

Belgian GP

Belgian GP
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The DRS actuator without its cover on exposes some of the detail of the component.

Italian GP

Italian GP
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The boomerang-shaped wing run by the team in order to reduce downforce and drag for Monza’s long straights. Note the lack of T-wing and use of just the singular monkey seat over the exhaust.

Italian GP

Italian GP
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Photo by: Sutton Images

A close-up of the louvred cooling panel alongside the cockpit and the vent on the leading edge of the sidepod.

Italian GP

Italian GP
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Detailed shot of the front upright without the brake drum/cake tin attached, allowing us sight of the suspension pick-up points, brake disc, caliper and blown axle end.

Singapore GP

Singapore GP
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Haas testing a wing specification with just two upper flaps, rather than the usual three.

Singapore GP

Singapore GP
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The front wing without the upper flaps attached shows the internal adjuster detail and the latter part of the strakes that run under the outer section of the wing.

Malaysian GP

Malaysian GP
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A sideways glance across the VF-17’s front wing, which whilst complex in its own right lacks the level of detail of some of the frontrunners.

Malaysian GP

Malaysian GP
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A look at the VF-17 from the side. Note the large quantity of louvres in the cooling panels alongside the driver used to evacuate heat, whilst an additional exit can also be found near the leading edge of the sidepod.

Japanese GP

Japanese GP
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Photo by: Sutton Images

This image taken during pitstop practice gives us a great shot of the front and rear brake assemblies and front blown axle which share commonality with their supplier - Ferrari.

United States GP

United States GP
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Photo by: Giorgio Piola

A detailed look at the new sidepod deflectors introduced by the team that feature five horizontal elements and a leading edge slat and help to deal with the aerodynamic issues caused by the front tyres wake.

United States GP

United States GP
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Opposing view of the new sidepod deflectors shows how the vertical elements are oriented to mimic the louvres we’d ordinarily see in the rear wing endplate.

United States GP

United States GP
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A close-up of the VF-17’s diffuser, which features a double Gurney configuration, the closest of which wraps around the top and sides of the diffuser. The use of two monkey seats is also noteworthy, a configuration shared with power unit supplier Ferrari.

United States GP

United States GP
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Close-up of the hooped, double element T-wing first seen in Monaco.

Abu Dhabi GP

Abu Dhabi GP
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Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Looking down on the complex area ahead of the sidepods. Note the cuts in the cockpit canard which mirror those in the floor below in order to meet the criteria in the regulations.

Abu Dhabi test

Abu Dhabi test
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Photo by: Mark Sutton

The team conducted back-to-back tests in Abu Dhabi to get data on the impact of the Halo, which is set to be introduced in 2018. Pitot tubes were placed near the airbox inlet to assess its impact.

Abu Dhabi test

Abu Dhabi test
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Photo by: Andrew Hone / LAT Images

Teams will be able to add a fairing to the titanium structure which can lie upto 20mm from its surface in order to improve the aerodynamic issues presented by it. This test in Abu Dhabi shows Haas looking at an option where vortex generators are placed atop the structure to reduce helmet buffeting and improve flow into and around the airbox.

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Author Matt Somerfield
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