publication . Other literature type . Article . 2006

Ground Effect Aerodynamics of Race Cars

Xin Zhang; Willem Toet; Jonathan Zerihan;
  • Published: 01 Jan 2006
  • Publisher: ASME International
  • Country: United States
Abstract
<jats:p>We review the progress made during the last 30years on ground effect aerodynamics associated with race cars, in particular open wheel race cars. Ground effect aerodynamics of race cars is concerned with generating downforce, principally via low pressure on the surfaces nearest to the ground. The “ground effect” parts of an open wheeled car’s aerodynamics are the most aerodynamically efficient and contribute less drag than that associated with, for example, an upper rear wing. While drag reduction is an important part of the research, downforce generation plays a greater role in lap time reduction. Aerodynamics plays a vital role in determining speed and ...
Subjects
free text keywords: Mechanical Engineering, Acceleration, Downforce, Drag, Ground effect (aerodynamics), Aerodynamics, Wing, Lift-induced drag, Aerospace engineering, business.industry, business, Automotive aerodynamics, Engineering
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publication . Other literature type . Article . 2006

Ground Effect Aerodynamics of Race Cars

Xin Zhang; Willem Toet; Jonathan Zerihan;