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Can a Formula 1 Car Drive Upside Down?

Stated proudly in the “Understanding the Sport” section on the official Formula One website, reads a simple, assured sentence. A modern Formula One car is capable of developing 3.5 g lateral cornering force (three and a half times its own weight) thanks to aerodynamic downforce. That means that, theoretically, at high speeds they could drive upside down. The idea of an F1 car—of any car, for that matter—driving on a ceiling is quite sci-fi. Who remembers Agent Kay taking the MIB Ford LTD Crown Victoria for a short upside-down blast through the Queens-Midtown tunnel in Men In Black? It’s a question which fascinates both the casual fan and the science aficionados of our sport. The advance technological side of ...

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