Monday, 23 February 2009
Preparations for success
So, what’s been happening in the Breitling Team camp? The MXS arrived back just before the New Year and has already been stripped into a thousand components by team engineer Nigel Huxtable who has started to work his magic. This is the first season we’ve not changed planes during the winter so we’re hoping we’ll be able to incorporate all our ideas into last years single-seater and come out of the starting blocks in the first race Abu Dhabi in April with a very competitive machine. If we can achieve this, it’ll be a ‘first’ for the Breitling Team and we have high hopes for more frequent visits to the podium this year.What exactly are we doing? Well, I’d love to go into the details here but that would be crazy ....you never know but a loose word on a blog might give an idea to one of our competitors! No doubt they are holding their cards very close to their chests so we must do the same. To this end, we have a secure ‘no cameras’ facility which is open only to those who are directly involved in the work schedule. Like all the other teams, we are doing what we can in all aspects important to air racing. We need to improve the MXS’s power/weight ratio, aerodynamic efficiency and agility. So, some engine work, some weight loss (including the pilot – more racket-ball and less chocolate!!) and a few tweaks on the airframe to improve the handling and reduce the aerodynamic drag.We’ll do our best to keep you posted on progress without revealing anything valuable to the other teams!