Mini-Rib Vector Tape
A vector tape near the trailing edge has various advantages. Firstly, this tape reduces the crease in the upper surface that is created when braking. Secondly, the wing is more compact, i.e. the wing deforms less during glides in moving air. To maximise both these advantages, it was necessary to locate this vector tape very far back in the area of the mini-ribs.
Mini-ribs increase the number of cells in the rear wing area and thus provide an aerodynamically more favourable trailing edge. The Mini-Rib Vector Tape traverses nearly the entire span through a hole in each mini-rib.
The climb rate and handling benefit from the reduced crease when braking. The more compact wing means less drag and better glide.