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Unread 09-25-2014, 09:34 AM   #1
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they would have very little downforce and be undrivable.
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Here's what happens:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yV9wDVnEeE0

Notice how the rear loses control but the front stay basically planted until the car fully spins.

F1 cars have so much rubber and so little weight that they can't develop grip without the proper amount of downforce. Same reason you can't drive a F1 car slow, they have to be driven fast enough to produce grip.
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Here's what happens:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yV9wDVnEeE0

Notice how the rear loses control but the front stay basically planted until the car fully spins.

F1 cars have so much rubber and so little weight that they can't develop grip without the proper amount of downforce. Same reason you can't drive a F1 car slow, they have to be driven fast enough to produce grip.
Indeed, and if driven too slow there isn't enough heat in the tires and brakes to grip and stop properly as well.

Cool video by the way, that's a fantastic example.
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