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How to Drive a Car Upside Down: The Physics of Formula One Racing
In order to do so, every aspect of the car needs to perform efficiently as one cohesive system. The downforce revolution began in the 1960s with the introduction of inverted wings at the rear of the car. At maximum speeds, F1 cars can experience up to 2500 kg (5500 pounds) of downforce — the equivalent of a small elephant sitting on top of it. Although the physics principles are relatively simple, F1 teams spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year with the same goal -- to design the fastest car possible. Navigating the unique aerodynamics and physical forces experienced by F1 cars is crucial to achieving it.But does doing so require the bravery and fearlessness of an F1 driver?
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