FIA unveils radical rear wing concept

Motor racing's governing body has unveiled a radical double rear-wing concept that they want Formula One cars to run with in 2007 in a bid to improve overtaking

FIA unveils radical rear wing concept

After months of research and development work with technology partner AMD to look at ways of overcoming the difficulties current F1 cars have in overtaking, the FIA have come up with what they have termed the Centreline Downwash Generating (CDG) wing.

It is hoped that this CDG wing will help F1 cars follow each other much more closely than they currently can. The extreme-looking rear wing is designed to create a wake that gives the car behind it more downforce and reduced drag when running close to a car in front.

The FIA want the CDG concept to form part of the 2008 Formula One technical regulations - along with wider track cars and slick tyres.

However, they are also hoping that the CDG idea will win the support of teams so that the plans can be introduced as early as the start of the 2007 season.

FIA president Max Mosley said: "This new research is important for the future of Formula One. By introducing the CDG wing we can give motor sport fans exactly what they have asked for, wheel-to-wheel racing with much more overtaking.

"It is our hope that the teams will collaborate with us in the optimisation of this radical new idea so that the aerodynamic benefits can be introduced into Formula One in 2007 rather than having to wait until 2008."

The CDG idea will be presented to the teams at this afternoon's meeting of the Formula One Commission in London, where discussions are taking place regarding changes to next year's sporting regulations as well as future technical regulations.

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