F1 Rear Wing
Rear Wing :

F1 cars require dowforce to travel and corner at such significant speeds, with the rear wing generating approximately 20% of the total downforce

The rear wing on a race car is exactly that, a wing. The difference between a car’s wing and an aeroplane is that the car uses the wing to push it towards the ground, whereas the plane uses it to lift off the ground. 

A downside of the rear wing is that it creates drag, reducing straight-line speed. To compact this, the wing is fitted with DRS (Drag Reductions System) where the driver, under specific circumstances, can open the wing up, reducing drag and providing approximately 15kph of additional speed. The moment the driver touches the brake, the DRS closes, returning the total downforce to the car’s rear. 

Rear wings also create turbulence that affects following cars, destabilising them, heating tyres and causing accelerated wear. To combat this, the FIA revised the regulations for the 2022 season, shifting the design theory to a ground-effect car, including a radical curved rear wing. 

Estimated cost per wing – $385k



Andrew Burden

The author Kiwi F1 Fan