ground effect : unknown origin

Ground-effect is the process of reducing the space between the floor of an F1 car and the track surface to create a low-pressure area under the car, increasing the speed with which the air moves to create increased downforce over and above the downforce provided by the wings.

Ground-effect is not a new phenomenon, first utilised in the late 70s and banned in 1983. In 2022 the concept was reintroduced as part of the FIA’s regulations to improve close racing. The season started off with many of the teams experiencing porpoising


Andrew Burden

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