U-37 new cowling design appears to collapse slightly during test run
MADISON, Ind. - A really interesting observation from Steve Montgomery. If you look at the photos taken before the test run in Madison and then right towards the end of the test run, it appears the intake is either bending or collapsing.
It didn't seem to make much difference in regard to speed during testing. Driver Jean Theoret posted a speed of 154+ with the new cowling and in another timing run without the new cowling.
Watch Video of U37 practice run with new cowling (Kirk Duncan)
The cowling is the piece that covers the engines on most hydroplanes. The U-37's air scoop is a new shape and has been the subject of debate in the pits. The idea is that it will keep water from coming up over the cockpit and into the intake, especially at low speeds.
Teams often use the qualifying runs before the races to try different configurations and set-ups. Theoret ran the boat twice Friday - once with the new cowling and once without.
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