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How come the wing of a race car doesn't make the car fly?

A:

The wings of a race car do not make a car fly because they do not create enough lift to overcome the weight of the car. Lift is the force of flight that pushes aircraft upward while weight, caused by gravity, is the force of flight that pulls aircraft downward. A race car will not fly unless the force of lift is stronger than the force of weight. Instead, due to their shape, the wings of race cars create a downward push on the car. This creates more grip, allowing race cars to travel faster through corners.

 

Categories: Forces of Flight