January 22, 2012
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The reactive ride height innovation designed by Lotus and recently copied by Ferrari has been banned by the sport’s governing body.
The FIA’s decision was announced yesterday by Williams chief operations engineer Mark Gillan, who had received a letter from Charlie Whiting regarding the matter on Friday.
The FIA’s head of F1 communications, Matteo Bonciani, confirmed the news yesterday:
"We have been investigating that type of system for a while. It is obviously
[creating] an impact on the aerodynamic platform of the car.
Anything that gets the ride-height lower, particularly the front ride-height
lower, is beneficial from an aerodynamic perspective."
This ride height adjustment device would appear to break Article 10.2.2 of the 2012 Technical Regulations, which states that “any powered device which is capable of altering the configuration or affecting the performance of any part of the suspension system is forbidden.”
In addition to this, Article 10.2.3 bans any “adjustment … made to the suspension system while the car is in motion.”