autogyro wrote:kilcoo316 wrote:autogyro wrote:Aerodynamics may be the 'God' of F1 and its main downside but the aerodynamic drag created on an F1 car is much to low to reduce top speed on its own.
The aerodynamic drag on an F1 car is almost entirely responsible for defining what the top speed is (there are some frictional losses in the drivetrain and the wheel bearings, but its absolutely negligible in comparison).
Top speed is restricted by gearing and rpm limit.
Aero drag is not the defining force.
So all bow to the god of downforce is incorrect in this case.
Sorry Auto, but this the basic rule, wether we like it or not. Rolling resistance neglected;
Wheel power (Watt) = Aerodynamic resistance (Newton) * Topspeed (meters per second)