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Index Downforce

Downforce is a downwards thrust created by the aerodynamic characteristics of a car. [1]

30 relations: Aerodynamics, Airfoil, Angle of attack, Aspect ratio (aeronautics), Bernoulli's principle, Body kit, Car, Champ Car, DeltaWing, Density of air, Diffuser (automotive), Drafting (aerodynamics), Drag (physics), Enrico Benzing, Formula One car, Friction, Grip (auto racing), Ground effect (cars), Lift (force), Lift coefficient, Mercedes-Benz CLR, Newton (unit), Panoz DP01, Peter Dumbreck, Pit stop, Velocity, Wind tunnel, Wingspan, 1999 24 Hours of Le Mans, 2007 Monaco Grand Prix.


Aerodynamics, from Greek ἀήρ aer (air) + δυναμική (dynamics), is the study of the motion of air, particularly its interaction with a solid object, such as an airplane wing.

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An airfoil (American English) or aerofoil (British English) is the shape of a wing, blade (of a propeller, rotor, or turbine), or sail (as seen in cross-section).

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Angle of attack

In fluid dynamics, angle of attack (AOA, or \alpha (Greek letter alpha)) is the angle between a reference line on a body (often the chord line of an airfoil) and the vector representing the relative motion between the body and the fluid through which it is moving.

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Aspect ratio (aeronautics)

In aeronautics, the aspect ratio of a wing is the ratio of its span to its mean chord.

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Bernoulli's principle

In fluid dynamics, Bernoulli's principle states that an increase in the speed of a fluid occurs simultaneously with a decrease in pressure or a decrease in the fluid's potential energy.

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Body kit

A body kit or bodykit is a set of modified body parts or additional components that install on a stock car.

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A car (or automobile) is a wheeled motor vehicle used for transportation.

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Champ Car

Champ Car is the general name for a class and specification of American professional top-level open wheel cars used in American open-wheel car racing for many decades, associated primarily with the Indianapolis 500.

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The DeltaWing is a racing car designed by Ben Bowlby and debuted at the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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Density of air

The density of air ρ (Greek: rho) (air density) is the mass per unit volume of Earth's atmosphere.

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Diffuser (automotive)

A diffuser, in an automotive context, is a shaped section of the car underbody which improves the car's aerodynamic properties by enhancing the transition between the high-velocity airflow underneath the car and the much slower freestream airflow of the ambient atmosphere.

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Drafting (aerodynamics)

Drafting or slipstreaming is a technique where two vehicles or other moving objects are caused to align in a close group reducing the overall effect of drag due to exploiting the lead object's slipstream.

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Drag (physics)

In fluid dynamics, drag (sometimes called air resistance, a type of friction, or fluid resistance, another type of friction or fluid friction) is a force acting opposite to the relative motion of any object moving with respect to a surrounding fluid.

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Enrico Benzing

Enrico Benzing (born June 17, 1932) is an Italian engineer and journalist, son of the writer Mario Benzing.

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Formula One car

A Formula One car is a single-seat, open cockpit, open-wheel racing car with substantial front and rear wings, and an engine positioned behind the driver, intended to be used in competition at Formula One racing events.

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Friction is the force resisting the relative motion of solid surfaces, fluid layers, and material elements sliding against each other.

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Grip (auto racing)

Grip is a term describing the total cornering envelope of a race car by the friction component of the tire, the mass of the machine and the downforce generated.

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Ground effect (cars)

In car design, ground effect is a series of aerodynamic effects which have been exploited to create downforce, particularly in racing cars.

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Lift (force)

A fluid flowing past the surface of a body exerts a force on it.

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Lift coefficient

The lift coefficient (CL, CN or Cz) is a dimensionless coefficient that relates the lift generated by a lifting body to the fluid density around the body, the fluid velocity and an associated reference area.

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Mercedes-Benz CLR

The Mercedes-Benz CLR was a set of racing cars developed for Mercedes-Benz through a collaboration with in-house tuning division Mercedes-AMG and motorsports specialists HWA GmbH.

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Newton (unit)

The newton (symbol: N) is the International System of Units (SI) derived unit of force.

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Panoz DP01

The Panoz DP01 is an open-wheel car that was produced by Élan Motorsport Technologies at Braselton, Georgia, United States.

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Peter Dumbreck

Peter Dumbreck (born 13 October 1973) is a British professional racing driver.

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Pit stop

In motorsports, a pit stop is where a racing vehicle stops in the pits during a race for refuelling, new tyres, repairs, mechanical adjustments, a driver change, as a penalty, or any combination of the above.

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The velocity of an object is the rate of change of its position with respect to a frame of reference, and is a function of time.

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Wind tunnel

A wind tunnel is a tool used in aerodynamic research to study the effects of air moving past solid objects.

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The wingspan (or just span) of a bird or an airplane is the distance from one wingtip to the other wingtip.

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1999 24 Hours of Le Mans

The 1999 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 67th 24 Hours of Le Mans, and took place on 12 and 13 June 1999.

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2007 Monaco Grand Prix

The 2007 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 27 May 2007 at the Circuit de Monaco.

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