n smikle wrote:I don't even think they design for centre of gravity.
I can't speak for the f1 teams but If I were designing an F1 car, think I would just make everything as low and as light as possible. When the design is done THEN I would just check what the Cog is, and if I can improve it later on, I just make the offending parts lower and lighter. That's how I would do it.
Why would they do that? If they designed everything to be as low as possible then everyone would be driving a pan-cake and lying flat in the car. It's CofG would be low, but compromised in other areas such as aero, geometry and packaging.
Of course they design with CofG in mind. To say they don't is like saying they build a car with no particular objective, when it's finished they check the CofG - then modify all the geometry to suit the CofG they seem to have discovered by accident.
The CofG location has a fundamental importance in the way a car uses it's tyres. Like everything else in the car the CofG height & location is about making choices and having design obejctives then setting out to achieve them.