downforce

noun
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)

Examples of downforce in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There's a maximum downforce-to-drag ratio of 4:1 that means you're not penalized for doing so. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 13 June 2022 Aerodynamics plays a significant role with the CT4-V Blackwing – both with downforce and high-speed stability. Michael Harley, Forbes, 13 May 2022 Huge downforce is a certainty, as is the RS improving on the regular GT3’s incredible track performance. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 19 May 2022 Along with the active rear spoiler, which deploys for up to 220 additional pounds of downforce, this makes the 2.76-mile circuit’s hairpins far less hairy. Viju Mathew, Robb Report, 30 Apr. 2022 While that figure looks modest next to the huge 992 pounds of downforce the STO can generate, the Tecnica's revised package has also reduced drag by 20 percent over the Huracán Evo. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 12 Apr. 2022 Cars with hundreds of pounds more downforce than legal race trim managed to run consistently between 200-210 mph when forced to drive there exclusively. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 20 Mar. 2022 One thing that popped out of his practice sessions was a sizeable amount of downforce with the car. Maury Brown, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2022 The high-tech racer boasts an over-the-top aerodynamic package developed by Lamborghini’s Squadra Corse racing division and Centro Stile design team that improves airflow and maximizes downforce. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 5 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of downforce

1938, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

20 Jun 2022

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“Downforce.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/downforce. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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