Saturday, 27 November 2010
Set up your F1 car V2: Tyres, Suspensions, Aerodynamcs
Suspension - The most important elements of an F1 car suspension are the pushrods. The pushrods are the diagonal bars that link the car's chassis to the wheels.(more...)
Aerodynamics - The most important difference between a standard road car and a Formula One car is the large wings at the front and the back. These are shaped in a similar way to airplane wings, but inverted to generate downforce rather than uplift. As the angle of these is increased, the downforce increases. This is fine, but for one problem - drag. In fact, a Formula One car's drag coefficient (a measure of a car's effectiveness at reducing drag, the higher the value the less effective) is usually around 1.0 - your standard road car probably has a value around 0.3. This drag effect limits a car’s top speed. At tracks with long straights, where time can be gained by having a faster top speed, the wing angle is minimised. This results in less downforce - a problem when it comes to cornering. The compromise is hard to find for a driver, but see how the wing angle varies massively on a car between a tracks with very different natures such as Hockenheim and Monaco. There also must be a balance between the front and back wings to prevent oversteer and understeer. Sorting out the difference between aerodynamic and suspension handling is the often mark of a great driver(edit from atlasF1 site).
Example for how aerodynamics works on a F1 car explained by Martin Brundle:
Posted by AZsphere at 23:27
Labels: Aerodynamcs Martin Brundle on setbyspeed.blogspot.com, Set up youre F1 car V2: Tyres, Suspensions