[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index][Subject Index][Author Index]


Hey all,

Just for the record the lift factor cannopt be discounted.

All modern racing cars attack the problem of lift. Open wheel racers have
fins all over them to defeat lift, and Stock Cars of Winston Cup fame have
both rear spoilers and roof flaps to defeat lift. These lift spoilers apply
a great deal of downforce and boody little to do with suspension, aside
from the mashing down of much more than the actual weight of the car at
speed. This is a trade-off with top end velocity for handling. The new
Taurus in Winston Cup was forced to increase the spoiler hieght and angle
to lessen the advantage over the GM cars. It seems the Ford engineers had
done their homework and found a body shape that naturally applied enough
downforce to make the car handle well and yet achieve a great top-end.
Naturally the GM bias rules makers within Winston Cup could not allow this,
as they cannot allow unrestrictor plate equipped Fords on the
superspeedways, else there would be no GM cars finishing within sight of
the Fords. It surely isn't for the safety factor they cite, as there have
been more serious and even fatal accidents after the rule change than

What the Heck does any of this have to do with dinosaurs anyway? Did I miss
something, Again!
Roger A. Stephenson
Assistant Director
The Grand River Museum
Lemmon, South Dakota