ME4ME wrote: ↑
Sat Feb 01, 2020 7:44 pm
Emag wrote: ↑
Sat Feb 01, 2020 6:52 pm
But they were particularly bad in slow corners. Downforce doesn't help much in those.
Did you think that through? Df helps lots in slow corners.
I think what they meant was that the downforce will be much lower in slow corners therefore the effect that a particular aero package will have will be lower in slow corners.
To add to that, car design and setup is a compromise between ideal geometry and Spring/damper setup for grip that a car has with no downforce, what people refer to as mechanical grip, and a car that runs with downforce.
A car design that has a very good and stable aero platform will many times suffer in lower speed corners simply because there isn't enough compliance for bumps and curbs. The 2011 and 2012 McLaren cars are good examples of this, watching them, they bumped and bounced all over the place all to maintain aero performance.
One of the secrets of the V8 era Red Bull cars dominance was that they were able to have great aero performance while still having a compliant ride. This was one of the things that P Prodromou brought to McLaren when he joined during the 2014 season, first evidenced by the drastic concept change in the front wing towards the end of the season of the 2014 McLaren car.