Is it possible to “on the fingers” explain how to drive, using the full 100% potential of tire adhesion to the road surface? Can!
To do this, we represent the forces acting on the car in turn with the help of the so-called “traction circle”, that is, the graphic circle of the clutch. To do this, draw a cross and circle it equally distant from the center. In fact, this is a graph of accelerations G in each phase of the turn: braking, moving along an arc and accelerating. Suppose that in all three phases of the tire has the same coefficient of friction, allowing you to develop lateral acceleration in 1.1G. If you exceed it, the tire will begin to slide, and this, as you know, slows down the car. In our graph, these are the points of intersection of the straight lines of the cross and the circle. The upper part of the vertical line is braking, the lower is acceleration. Continue reading
Ten Greatest Moments in Le Mans History
10) The car takes off in the air – 1999
This was one of the most memorable moments when the whole world learned how important downforce is in high-performance sports cars. It is quite possible, if not for this case, the Mercedes-Benz team would become the champion in the 1999 race. But, unfortunately, the German racer became a hero for another reason. Continue reading
Formula 1: Comparison of cars
Every year, millions of fans of Formula 1 racing are waiting for the start of the season. But long before the first official starts, a huge amount of attention is paid to Formula 1 cars, which are gradually modified both externally and internally. The fact is that the organizers of the Grand Prix Formula 1 from time to time change the requirements for the design of cars. Continue reading