I'd reckon you seriously under-rate what a skilled rider can do, realistically, &JordanMugen wrote: ↑Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:26 am- 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:
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But 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.
here is a 600cc bike doing carpark evolutions that a Formula SAE car just can't,
supposed tyre contact patch/aero-downforce advantage, or not.
As for those who imagine that rain/wet (sans looking for diesel spills, of course!)
seriously inhibits a skilled, confident rider very much at all, even on a fat 'porker'
bike, for fairly rapid zapping of straights/braking, & through tight corners too: