Meaning of downforce in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdaʊnfɔːs/


  • A force, produced by a combination of air resistance and gravity, that acts on a moving vehicle, having the effect of pressing it down towards the ground and giving it increased stability.

    ‘The nose and flat bottom are designed for ground effect and there is positive downforce over the front axle.’
    • ‘But then you still need a soft tyre because the corners are very slow and you don't have the downforce to keep the tyre on the ground.’
    • ‘Grip levels are very high thanks to the sorted chassis and at higher speeds thanks to the downforce package.’
    • ‘The downforce is at maximum, and the engine needs good torque but maximum power is not so important.’
    • ‘As the speed decreases so too does the downforce and therefore the amount of grip from the tyres.’
    • ‘We couldn't go any quicker because we didn't have the downforce.’
    • ‘Removing downforce in this way made them faster in the flowing parts of the circuit, but could work against them in the wet when grip will be vital.’
    • ‘Rear wings, which provide much of the aerodynamic downforce at the back of the car, will be subject to new limits in 2004.’
    • ‘I am sure they are very capable of compromising with the downforce.’
    • ‘With the new 2005 aerodynamic regulations we will once again run the maximum downforce available.’
    • ‘With the low downforce that we had at first, to get a one-lap time, which is all the media tends to look at, was difficult.’
    • ‘When we got in the corner, he decided to come across my nose, so I started to back out of it because I lost all the downforce.’
    • ‘The newer one is no longer a low downforce, flat-out blast and it's now like many of the other circuits we race at.’
    • ‘I was careful on the opening lap and could tell straight away that we had lost a lot of the downforce I had been used to.’
    • ‘Obviously, with the banking helping you there, you don't really need the downforce.’
    • ‘Then it was a matter of where we were going to set up the car for the race, if we were going to be aggressive on the downforce or not.’
    • ‘It would not surprise me if some cars have even regained the lost downforce by Melbourne.’
    • ‘Our goal is to reduce the excess downforce to a point where we do create a little separation.’
    • ‘Damages resulted in removing a part of the wing that was crucial to the downforce in the car.’
    • ‘It's a combination of downforce and the engine power that they cut, obviously trying to make it safer.’