down·​force | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌfȯrs How to pronounce downforce (audio) \

Definition of downforce

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Its grille is lowered, and new side vents behind the front wheels send air from under the front of the car to the more pronounced side skirts for additional downforce. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "228-HP 2022 Subaru BRZ Sticks to the Purist Sports-Car Formula," 18 Nov. 2020 The body was streamlined with top speed in mind but still creates enough downforce for serious cornering grip. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Texas-made 311mph Hennessey Venom F5 supercar revealed," 16 Dec. 2020 Weight was trimmed with carbon-fiber bodywork and seats, while aero was aided by Porsche’s first use of aero flicks on a production car and a massive rear wing that helped produce 426 pounds of downforce at 193 mph. Basem Wasef, Car and Driver, "Driving the 5 Best Porsche 911 GT Cars Ever," 15 Dec. 2020 The most aggressive of these creates a huge 992 pounds at 174 mph—the Performante makes a peak of 771 pounds of downforce at 193 mph—with a substantial amount of that figure available at lower and more track-typical speeds. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "The STO Is the Ultimate Huracán," 25 Nov. 2020 The logo can be found all over both the plane and the car, and depicts two wings, one representing lift and another for downforce, according to Car and Driver. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "This Matching Porsche and Private Jet are the Perfect Pair — for $10 Million," 10 Nov. 2020 An automatically adjusting rear spoiler helped as well, contributing to a final aerodynamic balance of 37 percent of the downforce at the front of the car and 63 percent in the rear. Eric Adams, Wired, "The Hair-Raising, Record-Setting Race to 331 MPH," 19 Oct. 2020 Logano has struggled on intermediate tracks since his February victory at Las Vegas and acknowledges that not practicing during COVID-19 protocols has hampered his ability to adapt to the high-downforce aerodynamic package. Jenna Fryer,, "Race into NASCAR’s championship round begins at Kansas," 17 Oct. 2020 An upgraded version of the fast-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission — not available on Bullitt or Shelby Mustangs — and 150% more downforce than a Mustang GT with Ford’s performance pack 1 upgrades. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "For first time in 17 years, Ford taking orders for all-new Mustang Mach 1," 14 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of downforce

1938, in the meaning defined above

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“Downforce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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