Downforce

If you ain’t outta control, you ain’t in control.

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Downforce is the force that is pushed down upon a car’s tires through the aerodynamics of a car. The effect allows a car to increase its grip and travel faster around corners and in general, provides for better handling.

The principal is basically the reverse of what makes and airplane rise. While airplane wings are made to lift the planes off the grown, the wings on a car are designed to push more force down on cars. This force, created by passive devices, can only be achieved through the cost of increased aerodynamic drag (or friction). Because the aerodynamic forces are a function of airflow above and below a car, a minimum speed must be met in order for the forces to produce significant effect. What this means is that you have to reach a certain speed or else it won’t work. Therefore, going into a corner, a professional driver must overcome his fear and act against his natural humanistic instincts to slow down (in fear of going too fast) and go faster into a corner to obtain the grip needed to turn or risk crashing.

The same principle can be applied to the unexpected obstacles we face in our lives. Our natural instincts toward problems are to cower away or not face them at all. But what we must do is follow the examples set by professional drivers and act against our nature by meeting our challenges head-on, at full speed. By doing so, we force ourselves to grow and evolve, oftentimes surprising ourselves with what we’re truly capable of. Only then can we win the race against ourselves.

Sidenote:
This is what happens when you mess up your aerodynamics.

Reference:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Downforce

Author: Nhan Le

By way of Anaheim, CA.

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