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Dynamic weight balance

 

Maybe right name for this should be Aerodynamic weight balance, because is mainly achieved by aerodynamics of car, but not entirely. That is very important aspect of F1 tuning. Dynamic weight balance is not a constant value because car downforce is constantly changing with speed and other factors, and important is to find right compromise, which depend mainly of configuration of the track. If a front wing is producing too much downforce, the car will appear much heavier on front tires, and result is oversteering. Opposite will give you an understeer. If this condition exists, driver will have hard time making rear or front of the car behave well.
Part of dynamic weight balance is produced also by consumed fuel weight. Race engineer, during setup procedures, have to take this into account to. However, when all aerodynamic components are working in harmony, the result is a group of the fastest cars in the world racing on twisting road courses.

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RIP Dan Gurney
January 14, 2018 at noon, aged 86, died Daniel Dan Sextorn Gurney, a racer, a team owner, a car manufacturer and a sage, American racing legend, a man who won four F1 grands prix in his 86 starts, the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1967 and five NASCAR races. He also won races in CanAm and TransAm. He won 1967 Belgian Grand Prix driving an Eagle-Weslake, a car of his own creation, for me most beautiful F1 car ever (on my banner). In F1 circles, there was only one Dan. The American is also credited with the spraying of champagne on podiums and creating the "Gurney flap" aerodynamic device. In 1968, he became the first driver to use a full-face helmet in a grand prix. He is survived by his second wife, Evi Butz, sons Justin, Alex, Daniel Jr, John and James, and a daughter, Lyndee and by eight grandchildren. RIP Dan and thank you for everything. Godspeed.


Some useful links:

Technical
- f1technical.net, a great site with a lot of technical information’s and explanations. Site is updated daily with news from F1 word.

Autosport
 - autosport.com, This site is a legend. A bible for racing lovers. News from all around the word. Unfortunately, to get access to all news, interviews and to open the site completely you should be subscribed to Autosport magazine. Anyway, great read.

James Allen on F1
- JA.F1 site (or blog) ovned by ITV Sport’s lead commentator on Formula 1 James Allen

Joe Saward blog
- joesaward is the Joe Saward official blog about Formula 1 world. Joe is an journalist, who write primarily about politics in and around motorsport, specifically on the FIA Formula 1 World Championship

Vital F1
 - vitalf1.com/ is another great site for Motor Sports fan’s like me. Site is relatively new, but great fun, with great discussion forum, Formula 1 news and forum.

 GP update
- f1.gpupdate.net, Site with fresh news from Formula 1

Planet F1
 - planetf1, another site with many different articles, news and statistics. Biased toward British teams, but anyway good read.

Gurney flap
 - gurneyflap.com, Great history site. You can learn a lot from this site. Pictures, cars and many many more. Great.

4mula1
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4ormula1 is a database of Formula 1 history and statistics of drivers, teams, grand prix, and all results since 1950.

Missed Apex Podcast
Enjoy range of Podcasts and Articles on Motorsport. Every week a Formula one chat on Missed Apex F1 Podcast with F1 journalist Joe Saward and tech Analyst Matthew Somerfield as guests. Also the exciting all electric racing series formula E on eRadio Show and Bike Show Lean Angle Podcast.

Racecar engineering
-Racecar Engineering, an online magazine with a lot to learn from, a lot of technical information’s and explanations

FIA
 - fia.com, La Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile, representing the interests of motoring organisations and motor car users. Head organisation and ruler in auto sport.

Wikipedia
 - wikipedia.org, I don’t believe that I have to tell you anything about this site. It’s not about Formula 1 technology, but you can learn a lot about that too.

Sutton Images

grandprix photo

Carbibles
 - carbibles.com, a great site for normal car users. Here you can find explanations of almost everything about your car and how it works. Technical reviews and explanations of some in-car gadgets.

Dare To Be Different
- Daretobedifferent.org Susie Wolff and UK governing body of UK motorsport have joined forces to launch Dare To Be Different, a high-profile new initiative which is about increasing female participation, not just on the track but in all aspects of the sport.

Giorgio Piola web site