NathanOlder wrote: ↑
Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:32 am
Can anyone think of anything a bike is better at performance wise?
Maybe up steep hills, mountains ect.
- Lower fuel consumption (typically smaller engines)?
- Jumps, backflips & other ramp tricks seem quite a bit more possible than in a four wheeled vehicle?
As implied, a 600cc Formula SAE car which weighs 200kg+driver can generate quite a bit more
lateral cornering force than the 200kg+rider 600cc motorcycle which the SAE car's engine was sourced from... Four slick tyres instead of two, roll stiffness from having a wide track, et cetera.
Particularly if the Formula SAE is fitted with aerodynamic surfacing to create downforce and increase tyre grip, which is not practical on a motorcycle:
not many four-wheeled vehicles weigh only 200kg... the FSAE car is very much
the exception there! Most four-wheeled vehicles weigh a lot more than that!
Even the lightest of "road legal cars" (as per the thread title) like Caterham Sevens and other lightweight specials don't tend to have wings like the Formula SAE/Student cars, even though the 50-120kph cornering speed range which the Formula Student's wings are optimised for, is the same
cornering speed range which a road car would corner within (owing to the existence of maximum 110-130 km/hr speed limits which prohibit driving and thus cornering any faster).
Presumably, the enormous detriment to fuel consumption while cruising along the highway at 110km/hr would be untenable for owners, despite the superior cornering grip which Formula SAE type wings would provide.
Also by the nature of such Clubman vehicles, they are often taken onto closed racing circuits and driven at higher non-road-legal speeds (200+ km/hr), where smaller wings would be a more optimal compromise.... They are not only
driven on the roads.