Friday, July 18, 2014 5:38:12 PM
Totally open wheels makes it much harder to make the car aerodynamically efficient, a modern F1 has drag values comparable to a truck.
A lot of that is the deliberate aero, though. F1 rules forbid active aero, so you have to run the car with the same aero for the whole race. On the whole, downforce is more important than drag (to different degrees on different tracks, of course).
It would be interesting to see what an F1 team could come up with if they were given free rein. I'm sure the limit would be the driver, but I`m also sure it would beat any lap time on an circuit.
Friday, July 18, 2014 5:32:51 PM
The horsepower is really not that impressive.
In terms of raw power, true. But Indycars can go round corners very efficiently. Some of the tracks they race on are ovals. On such a track, there are repeated relatively long periods of lateral g-force. A car that could corner efficiently and had much more power than an Indycar would be downright dangerous on an oval track - there would be a non-trivial possibility of drivers blacking out on corners.
Friday, July 18, 2014 3:57:15 PM
The Bristol Fighter. Produced by Bristol Cars in England. Two seater sports car available in three options. The Fighter 525 hp. The Fighter S 628 hp The fighter T 1012 hp
Friday, July 18, 2014 6:54:41 AM
Indycar is good car series, it's real and proper open wheeler. Maybe the only objection is around the tires, specially back-tire which is half covered. Totally open wheels makes it much harder to make the car aerodynamically efficient, a modern F1 has drag values comparable to a truck. But since Indycar is a LOT cheaper series, i can understand that half blocking the rear tire makes sense as it`s much easier to control air around the back. For F1 teams, that part of the car design is what costs the most: you can`t just witch front wing, you need a new chassis...