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F1 Aerodynamics fact

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Chris Jenkins, Nov 30, 2011.

  1. Chris Jenkins

    Chris Jenkins
    Driving til the wheels fall off

    Without aerodynamic downforce, F1 cars have sufficient power to fly once they exceed 160 kph. The cars usually race at over 300 kph. When a car is traveling over 160 kph, it car can generate enough downforce to hold itself to the ceiling of a tunnel and drive upside down.

    I know it'd never be done, but I want to see this!
  2. You learn something new everyday, incredible. Shame that one flick of the steering wheel at that speed without wings would probably send the car into a spin.
  3. Yes, F1 car can drive upside down when we're talking about forces... but just have a look on engines, they really can't work this way ;)

    And about flying... that's it, but why removing wings? Just set them to generate upforce, not downforce :p but then it isn't longer a car... just a plain (for sure F1 is kind of plane with wings generating force to the ground, not from the ground).

    And normal road cars almost all generates upforce (maybe some sport cars not). In motorsport it's all about wings.
  4. I wouldn't say normal road cars generate upforce, as they would take off then on a highway lol. (and you couldn't drive them at high speeds at all)
    Lets say they have less downforce.
  5. Chris Jenkins

    Chris Jenkins
    Driving til the wheels fall off

    Road cars do create 'lift', they're just generally heavier than F1 cars and can't achieve speeds high enough to cause a problem.