Most NASCAR fans got their first close look at the underside – what NASCAR calls the bottom of a car – while the safety kits came out. Chris Bucher from his car after He rolled barrel At Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The underside of the car used to be an aerodynamic nightmare. The network of tubes, tubes, and parts often traps and slows down the air. The teams spent a lot of money improving the area, but there was also a safety issue. Too much air getting too slowly under the car creates lift. The rear ends of stock cars are scooped out to help get air out of the bottom of the car faster.
“Most people don’t understand how much lift the body actually makes,” said Dr. Eric Jacuzzi, managing director of vehicle aerodynamics/performance at NASCAR. “Other than the deck cover and wing, the greenhouse and the hood and everything, it’s all trying to lift the car.”
Part of NASCAR’s design philosophy was to increase downforce without involving the body. This allows for a symmetrical pattern, and allows manufacturers to add design details that best evoke street models.
The Gen-6 began to address a problem under the car with its radiator pans – metal sheets under the front of the car that provide a smooth surface for air to move under the car. Because balancing front and rear downforce is so important, NASCAR chose a full-length lower wing, from splitter to diffuser, for the next-generation car.
next generation splitter
The biggest splitter change for the Gen-6 is that the next generation splitter has gone up. The old separator was straight all the way through. I’ve outlined the splitting profile in this image so you can see it a little better.
The graphic below shows the top and bottom of the splitter. The red lines in the top graphic show where teams are allowed to add a bar. The contrasting color helps the crew better see the position of the splitter in relation to the racetrack.
The lower view, showing you the surface seen by the air, shows turquoise separating erosion masses. They are hard pieces that wear off when the splitter hits the track. They can wear only half of their original thickness before redeeming NASCAR mandates.
The red pieces (called the splitter pad) determine how air enters the lower wing. Super speed requires larger fillers.
The graduated clutch makes it impossible to lock the vehicle to the ground. This is by design. Instead of trying to prevent air from getting under the car, the next generation underwing wing treats the air under the car to prevent lift and create downforce.
The inverted scoop in the middle of the divider and the split filling devices direct air along the outside of the lower body. Swing-box assemblies, which replace side skirts, collect air so that it advances directly on the rear axle.
This is where the publisher takes over.
While the smooth undercarriage helps air flow faster, a diffuser adapts that flow. Since the diffusers are hard to see, I highlighted the part in the rear view of the Camaro below.
I did the same for the 3/4 rear view below.
NASCAR really has a spot 3D model You can rotate to see the publisher from all directions.
The diffuser is a carbon fiber composite panel with seven vertical blades called strax. The two external arteries form a three-sided box open to the floor. Two additional slats run along each side of the diffuser. It is difficult to see a smaller central beam because it recedes quite a bit.
The diffuser starts before the rear wheels. It’s narrower there, then widens toward the rear of the car. In its simplest form, the publisher is a Venturi, which are also used in carburetors and paint sprayers. When a fluid (such as air) flows through a narrow section of the duct into a wider section, the pressure on the wider side is lower and the air moves faster.
The strips create a vortex that not only speeds up the air already in the flow, but also attracts additional air. Outer tunnels pull at the heels of the front tires. The way the air exits from the bottom of the car and then rejoins with air from above and on the sides of the car creates a smaller, better-behaved wake. This means less polluted air and easier passage.
Flap over diffusers
Stored cars can become airborne when rotating at high speed. To keep the next generation car grounded, NASCAR has added a diffuser flap. I showed it green in the photos above and made it a little larger than the actual size so you can see it.
Like the roof panels and the cowl, the ventilator cover is a piece of metal that lies horizontally under normal conditions. When deployed, the diffuser flap decreases to about 70° from its initial position, blocking the central tunnel of the diffuser. The cover increases take-off speed – how fast the car can move before leaving the ground – by 10 to 20 percent when the car is nearly lagging.
Roof panels and cowl are purely mechanical devices. The magnets hold the plates in place until the pressure above drops enough to suck the cap off the magnet. NASCAR has struggled to use the same idea to flap the diffuser.
Jacuzzi said, “Then someone had an idea, that the ceiling panels would go up (if there was a problem). So why not tie them up? Would you buy a cable and not just drop it?”
If you see the right roof fender, you know that the diffuser cap has popped. The cap must be reset before the car can continue racing.
“The flap of the diffuser is as important in terms of raising it as the tilting roof is,” Jacuzzi said. “In the (wind) tunnel, it shows more gain in certain modes than the tilting roof itself. So it’s a very big innovation for this car.”
Undercarriage isn’t just for safety. In the middle of 2010, when there were no limits to the wind tunnel or the time of computational fluid dynamics, Jacuzzi noted that aerodynamic forces On cars it can vary by hundreds of pounds.
Jacuzzi noticed that the thing he did (the bottom part) was to put everyone on the same court. Before, they all had different bodies. They had oil pans shaped a certain way, and they were building the hull to do all the things the next generation does. But not everyone has it equal.”
they do now.