Myth or not?....

Discussion in '2001 Ferrari F2001' started by scon123, Aug 9, 2002.

  1. I heard that a formula 1 car could conceivably drive upsidedown, given that there was a ceiling track. Is this true? How much do the aerodynamics of an F1 car actually affect it's down-force? In other words, how much does an F1 car weigh at... say.. 200mph? And if it is due to spoilers and aerodynamics, could this car then go upsidedown if there were an upsidedown track. If possible I would like to know answers to these questions specifically. Not exactly but about, in pounds, and actual numbers. Thanks....
     
  2. Re: Myth or not?....

    I can't answer your question exactly, but I know for a fact that at a certain speed its possible to create enough downforce ( more than 600kg the weight of the car ) so that you could drive upside down...
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  3. Re: Myth or not?....

    a F1 car makes cornering forces of about 4.5-5Gs, sometimes a little higher even. A normal road car

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  4. #4 GenkiGenki, Aug 9, 2002
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    its probably true that a F1 car can drive upside down...i heard that they could at 100mph
    i also heard that the Saleen S7 can drive upside down at 160mph
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    As SuperSonic said all you need is more downforce than Kerb weight and it could go on the ceiling. So theoretically EVERY car could do this, but to make a heavy car like the Saleen S7 do it you would need an incredible amount of downforce, I'm not sure if it would work...
     
  7. #7 TurboJZA70, Aug 9, 2002
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    most F1 cars make about 2000lbs of down force. (wow)
    and only weigh in at about 1000. so if you had an upside down road with a built in scale. it would read that a 1000lb car just passed by. or would be putting 1000lbs of pressure on the road.
    Simplified numbers, i can see flame correstions comming.


    what i would like to see is someone make an insane track that has an upside down section :)


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    i've never seen anything about F1 downforce, but i know that for Le Mans Prototypes(LMP's) over 2000 lbs and sometimes 3000 lbs of downforce is quite common.
     
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    simply, Yes, an F1 car could be driven upside down if it was travelling fast enough to generate the downforce required.
     
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    all of this happens beacuase of the way the spoilers cut the air, it makes such a big downforce it could actually drive upside down.

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