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Two car cars drafting

  1. Dec 31, 2008 #1

    Ranger Mike

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    two car cars "drafting"

    As posted by Hootenanny on another topic..he kindly replied "the car also experience fluid resistance or drag. For large objects travelling at high speeds the magnitude of the drag force is considered to be proportional to the square of the velocity of the car."

    Is the reason two car cars " drafting" move faster than one car due to the massive curtain of air being pushed aside by the two cars? The two cars push aside the curtain of air and create a slight vacuum or low perssure area immediately behind the trail car. The air curtain closing behind the pair, " pushing the two cars with more force" than one car cutting through the air?

    or did I miss something?
     
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  3. Dec 31, 2008 #2
    Re: Drafting

    Here's a good description:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drafting_(racing)
     
  4. Dec 31, 2008 #3

    Ranger Mike

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    Re: Drafting

    wish I had access to this site years ago..it is gold mine of valuable insight and information
     
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