down·force | \ -ˌfȯrs \

Definition of downforce 

: a downward aerodynamic force generated especially by an airfoil (such as a spoiler on a race car)

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The body has even more advanced aerodynamics, including new diffusers at the front and rear that increase downforce by 20 percent over the standard car. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Ferrari and Porsche announce new cars for the wealthy track addict," 21 Feb. 2018 Active front air ducts and a rear spoiler create up to 1,763.7 pounds of downforce at 155 mph, gluing the car to tarmac while cornering. Basem Wasef, WIRED, "McLaren's $958,966 Senna Hypercar Ain't Pretty, but It Can Whip a Track," 30 June 2018 The aero tweaks increase the amount of downforce generated to keep the car securely on the road at extremely high speeds. Mark Phelan, USA TODAY, "Ford's hottest version of Mustang even more blazing with 2019 upgrades," 14 June 2018 The conditions created a slick, 2 ½-mile track, and new cars with less downforce proved to be a handful for even the most experienced of drivers. Jenna Fryer, Houston Chronicle, "Will Power wins Indy 500, No. 17 for car owner Roger Penske," 27 May 2018 Because the air density at the top of the mountain is about 35% lower than at sea level, the wings have to be about a third bigger to make the same downforce. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Volkswagen’s All-Electric Effort to Climb Out of Its P.R. Hole," 4 July 2018 The cars also feature wheel arch extensions to allow for wider racing tires (specially made by Pirelli), as well as a front splitter and rear wing to add some downforce. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Ever wanted to see a race series just for Teslas? I’ve got good news," 25 Apr. 2018 The Senna’s most alluring attributes are its featherweight construction, tenacious handling, considerable downforce, and relentless brakes. Basem Wasef, WIRED, "McLaren's $958,966 Senna Hypercar Ain't Pretty, but It Can Whip a Track," 30 June 2018 More: The race promised excitement because of a new high-downforce, high-drag restrictor-plate package on the cars. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "Austin Dillon wins rain-shortened Xfinity LTi Printing 250 at MIS," 9 June 2018

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1973, in the meaning defined above

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