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Q&A: How do formula 1 cars stay on the ground at over 200mph?;physics of?

Q&A: How do formula 1 cars stay on the ground at over 200mph?;physics of?

Question by carreraag17: How do formula 1 cars stay on the ground at over 200mph?;physics of?
How do formula 1 cars stay on the ground at over 200mph?;physics of?
I need to research this question for a class project.I do understand downforce but do not understand how “friction” has to do with this.Thanks and any thoughts would be great!

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Answer by frediwhite@verizon.net
Friction has nothing to do with staying on the ground. Are you aware of how large the downforce is on a modern F1 car? I read somewhere that at speed it could run on the underside of a surface, i.e. the downforce is larger than its weight. Amazing.

Multiply that downforce by the coefficient of friction and that explains how they can corner at such speeds.

What do you think? Answer below!

  • Engineer-Poet

    Formula 1 cars have wings front and back which generate downforce.  This downforce keeps them on the ground; the friction of the slick tires allows them to turn that downforce into very high acceleration, braking and cornering forces.

    A friend of mine says that the G forces in Formula 1 cars can reach 5 times the acceleration of gravity!

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