And at the highest point of interest, just as drama starts to stir up motorsports fans just like voters before a presidential election, someone managed to go and steal pictures of the 2016 FAAL Coupe WST Race car undergoing track testing, therefore proving FAAL’s return in this season.
First of all, as expected the team got rid of the aero devices on the door sills that had been a source of controversy because of a loophole in the rules that stated that only one spoiler could be fitted “to the front bumper” (without saying anything about the rest of the car). Instead, on the door sills are those heavy looking covers. Analytic fans think they might be balancing weights there for the car to meet the new minimum weight requirements.
The photograph stated that the car still sounded the same, which hints to the car keeping the same 5 cylinder engine as last season.
Also, this clear pic of the front shows that the team took advantage of the new rule set to add newly authorized canards on the front bumper. No other change in sight.
Something else happenned, though. Ever since the new rule set has been published, the value of used FAAL Coupe Touring, the 2015 homologation special, has skyrocketed. The simple reason behind that is that the rule set implies that the race car doesn’t have to have the same fender morphs, or engine, as the road car. Which killed in the egg the idea of a new 2016 homologation special, and made the 1000 (number to be confirmed) Tourings suddently the only ones of their kind, as any other model of the lineup can now homologate the race car.