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Old 6 Aug 2003, 14:27 (Ref:681313)   #1
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F1 front wing design

Watching the F1 race, more specifically the William's there front wings were quite prominant, probably casue of the white color. It seemed that there wasnt a flat section along it and was quite wavy. Would this not generate less downforce than a traditional flat, or horizontal front wing?

I'm guessing that it helps when cornering to generate the force as the car would actually be at an angle to the road anyway. Is this right? can anybody help
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i think down force is un affected, maybe even greater, wavy wing = longer wing. I understand that the curves are to improve airflow?
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I read that McLaren stated their wings were contoured to maintain their levels of downforce while the air was not coming straight along the surface as when the car is turning. Whent he car is moving around a fast turn the air is approaching at an angle and apparently downforce is lost at this critical point when the car should be accelerating with a straight wing.
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I think it's a brilliant design and i remembered the Macs tested with a more wavier front wings pre-season. But i guess Williams perfected the design by allowing more air directed to the sidepods, the higher plate near the endplates allow air to go around the tyres an addition to the endplates design factor and slightly raised middle section of the plank allows constant air running thru the undertray straight to the diffuser for under-car downforce.

I don think there's an issue of less generated downforce as tilting the planks for reducing and increase should do the job.
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