I still say this is more interesting than spec carmx_tifosi wrote:The problem with two or more tire manufacturers is that the battle on track goes from team/driver to a tire war. And then it is an even more unfair fight. Wouldn´t you agree? It´s a really old story, if one team wins, it as most likely because of the tire advantage that they had, and vice versa. It takes away from the actual advantage a team might have, whether its in car design or its driver´s ability.
Who was that directed to?Jersey Tom wrote:Whoever was giving your lecture about vehicle dynamics at your university was clueless about tires...
I believe that this is what Bridgestone does? They are based in Japan IIRC. Although they have factories throughout Europe, but I don´t know if this is where they manufacture the F1 tires. Does anyone recall any information over that?Jersey Tom wrote:Competing in a race series is expensive as is.. much less F1. Plus if the company isn't Europe-based, think of the expense to ship 4000+ tires every other weekend, plus a staff of engineers and techs..
Why have drivers stated that they loose grip, especially when on slicksSome might expect it will cause more overtaking moves but I can't agree with them. It is more dangerous as we lose some grip, especially with slicks.
Ogami musashi wrote:"mechanical grip" is the grip given by the weight repartition on the tires.
Slicks give better overall grip by having less load sensitivity.
Thus the correct word, i think would be "better tire grip" which refers to the coefficient of adherence.
Having more grip from mass is not desirable for a car as everything that experience inertia will have performance decreased, in other words, if the tire has more weight on him he will grip less(if you we talk about medium-high speed).
Thus the real deal is having a light car, a lot of downforce that is a fictive load (doesn't increase the weight, it transfers a stress) and have a coeficient of adherence high even with a lot of loading.
In this condition Slicks tires offer better Coef of adherence vs Normal Load, thus better overall grip.