Le Mans 24h 2019....?

Why do the new Top category Le mans cars ( Toyota) have such rounded front ends and headlights they dont " look" very aerodynamic compared to F1, GT or even the old Porche 917 ? Just a thought !

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  • rosbif
    Lv 7
    1 year ago
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    The aerodynamics of a car is about the whole package, not just one part, so everything is there for a reason :)

    Speeding up the airflow over the car is not the way to maximise downforce, which is created by the difference in speed between airflow above and below the car. Having the big step up at the front is a trade-off for the rest of the package working optimally (there was something vaguely comparable in F1 in the 2012-14 seasons, with the ugly step noses).

    This video might help: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEMzt9KvMxw

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  • 1 year ago

    Isn't the 24 hour race mainly about reliability? More so than other motorsport disciplines.

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