Deconstructing Formula 1: Sidepods

Deconstructing Formula 1: Sidepods

Controlling airflow in the area directly behind the front wheels of a Formula 1 car has a huge influence on its overall aerodynamic performance. As Gary Anderson explains, a number of different approaches have been taken this year

Packaging the mechanical components of a Formula 1 car is never an easy task, especially when you consider that all of its body surfaces are there to influence the airflow and, in most cases, create downforce.

The current breed of F1 car will create something in the region of 1200kg of aerodynamic downforce at 155mph – so it's easy to understand why aerodynamics is a prime factor in packaging the car.

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