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Formula One 2002
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Aerodynamics locator

Aerodynamics
 
The most important part of car design.

Formula One cars produce so much aerodynamic downforce that they could be driven upside down at speeds of over 100mph.

Controlling the airflow over the car in order to maximise the downforce is a black art that makes the difference between the front and the back of the grid.

The various extra bits of bodywork visible around the car are all designed to smooth out the airflow as much as possible.

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