January 12, 2012
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The reactive ride height system has already been developed by Ferrari
After details of Lotus’ reactive ride height system emerged in recent days, it has also been reported that Ferrari have developed their own interpretation of the technology.
The new innovation stabilises the front of the car – mechanically and aerodynamically – under braking, by lifting the front of the car by several millimetres.
Lotus’ version had already been approved by the FIA back in January 2010, and Ferrari have since written to the organisation to seek approval of their system. This was confirmed yesterday by team principal Stefano Domenicali:
"What you are talking about, is more related to having stability under braking. It
is a system that I know there have been some documents in writing between the FIA
and the teams.
We are waiting for the final confirmation if this kind of devices will be acceptable
or not. But for sure we are looking around these sorts of devices to see if they
contribute to a performance. But we need to wait and see what will be the reaction to
the FIA on that."
If the device is approved by the FIA, then it is almost certain that Ferrari will be able to test the system at the first pre-season test in February.