Experimental study of open-wheel race-car front wings

William J. Jasinski, Michael S Selig

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An experimental study was performed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Low-Speed Wind Tunnel to quantify the performance and flowfield effects of two-element open-wheel-race-car front wing configurations. Four distinct configurations were tested in-and out-of-ground effect and at various speeds (Reynolds numbers), angles of attack, and flap positions. A splitter plate was installed in the wind tunnel to act as the ground plane. Data presented include balance force measurements, surface pressure data, and downstream flow measurements using a seven-hole probe. Results show that these elementary factors in the design of race-car front wings have a significant effect on wing performance and behavior of the downstream flowfield.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - Dec 1 1998
EventMotorsports Engineering Conference and Exposition - Dearborn, MI, United States
Duration: Nov 16 1998Nov 19 1998


OtherMotorsports Engineering Conference and Exposition
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityDearborn, MI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Pollution
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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