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Old 11-02-2020, 01:07 PM   #3625 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by freebeard View Post
These have active control surfaces. Maybe a Modern BAT would have active aero as well?
I'd sure like to see somebody race a car with a vertical fin to produce side force directly instead of an inverted wing to complicate matters with downforce. The Dodge Daytona, which had large fins supporting its wing, was considered impossible to spin. Active fins would probably need computer control, but they could also sail in crosswinds, reducing fuel needs.
I also Really wish that Colin Chapman had built a bit of compliance into his original wing mounts, which went straight into the hub carriers instead of the chassis. The rigid structure proved fragile and got direct mounting banned, even though it was far more sensible overall.

AFAIR, The BAT cars were built to study the effect of increased surface area foremost. Road & Track had a decent article on them long ago.
There is no excuse for a land vehicle to weigh more than its average payload.
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