axle wrote:Do teams ever test without wings to see what level of mechcanical grip they really have? As surely, you need to know how well the suspension works??
Or is it only a case of the whole packages works that's important?
modbaraban wrote:The suspention is tested at the factory, but on the track the performance of the whole package is what matters. Bear in mind that suspension+tyres performance is influenced by aero load too!
Militia Est Vita wrote:Well the car's chasis is designed as a whole, including the wings so every single adjustemnt to the wings will have a significant consecuence on the behaviour of the whole car, so IMO, if you take off the wings to perform some kind of test I think the car would be awfuly unstable and It would be very hard to control it passing the 100 mph or even less I think.
modbaraban wrote:I got your point but knife-fins, podvanes or rimshields don't create significant downforce (if any). I can't remember seing a modern F1 car on the track w/o front and rear wings or diffuser
bizadfar wrote:How can you be so sure. I remember a Williams guy said whoever talks like this (eg above) doesn't know what their talking about. ANd his proof was a brake duct design can effect downforce by as much as 5% at the rear.
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