25 Car Terms You Need To Know

Downforce

Meaning: Downforce helps create better traction by taking advantage of aerodynamics to push your car more firmly onto the road. Better contact between tire rubber and road surface = better traction. One beautiful thing about it is that, by increasing downforce, you're not adding any weight to your car. In super-light cars such as those used in Formula One, downforce is also used to combat the lift generated by their highly sophisticated aerodynamic designs.

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