August 31, 2013

Porsche 908 Fibreglass shell

What good is 500 horsepower if it doesn't translate into speed? Yet when it comes to determining how fast a car is, there's another important factor in the equation: aerodynamics.

When comparing two cars of equal engine power and equal weight, the body of each car can make all the difference: the lower its air resistance or drag, the faster the car will be. As Porsche has proved time and again in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and many other races, aerodynamic refinements such as a streamlined underbody and wings help a race car reach high speeds while still allowing the driver to maintain control of the vehicle.