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Homework Help: You are hired as a physicist in a team of Formula 1.

  1. Nov 5, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    You are hired as a physicist in a team of Formula 1. Your driver is driving in the
    Germany Grand Prix on the Hockenheim track. After the test session taken in sunny day
    you and the driver discuss about the sharpest turn on the track. He tells you that when
    driving at 90 km/h he could hardly hold the track. During the Grand Prix, just ten laps to
    go, it starts to rain. The driver decides to continue on the same tyres. You have to
    calculate the new maximal safe speed at this turn. The tyre-to-road static friction
    coefficient is 0.8 for dry and 0.5 for wet road conditions. What would be the speed if the
    turn were profiled at an angle of 7º?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I don't even know how to start it
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  3. Nov 5, 2012 #2


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    welcome to pf!

    hi kamosblue! welcome to pf! :wink:
    start by finding the radius of curvature of the turn …

    show us what you get :smile:
  4. Nov 5, 2012 #3
    Maybe start by getting the equation for forces for a body following a circular path.
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