Does anyone know why f1 and indycar design keeps diverging? there's only one optimal shape, right?
Generally speaking. But take a look at the tracks and also what's inside the cars, you'll see the differences there too.
Indy has new regs to cover the wheels this year & prevent wheel-to-wheel crashes. F1 regs changed the shape of the nose section.
Jet City, USA
its not about optimizing the ideal car shape so much as it is about optimizing within the particular rules of the series.
ah, yeah, that new rear section is really bizarre.
but teams aren't allowed to make the perfect design, they have to make cars within the technical constraints of the series.
Somewhere solving a case...
I believe so. Probably for stupid legal reasons or whatnot. There's always background legal wrangling going on...
does anyone know why a logical persons watches Indy and not formula 1?
my guess is it has to do with the rules each org creates. Also, the type of racing in each series is pretty different.
they’re bound by regulations as to the designs
for F1 it's largely down to regulation changes by the FIA (chassis design, tyres etc), and design around new components.
Yup, def is. But supposedly it's already saved some nasty crashes. Haven't had time to watch any races, unfortunately.
I’m fairly certain different shapes are more optimal for certain conditions. Cornering sharpness, overall top speed, total weight…
Different regulations and different kind of races
They're two different beasts. F1 changes from regulations and Indy didn't have a new car for years because incompetent management.
São Paulo, SP, Brazil
Different power and speed settings should lead to different shapes... Also different tracks, etc. Not the same thing at all.
Different rulebooks. F1 has way more aerodynamic intricacies in it.
Probably because the regulations in either code dictate most of theshape of the cars, and the regs are diverging.
Different regulations and amounts of money to spend! I think at least...
Because they aren't designing the most efficient car, they're designing the most efficient car defined by differing regulations.
Different restrictions on chassis/wing dimensions lead to different solutions.
Different Regulations. Also, different tyres and engines need different aero profiles to make the best trade-off.
Different regulations? F1 regs dictated by 'increasing efficiency' + DRS for more (manipulated) passing moves = ugly step nose.
they’re each doing very different things. There is one optimal shape but that shape differs between them :)
Regina, SK, Canada
size of engine determines shape. Tho the aero should remain similar. Could be cost per drag too high
you would think so, but maybe the types of tracks they race on have significant differences
The current F1 shape evolved from rule changes to raise the nose and eliminate the blown diffuser.
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