Ins and outs, and arounds and overs, of aerodynamics

Aerodynamics is a prime example of how the expertise of engineers has become increasingly valuable and an area where science and art are joined together to improve the outcome of racing.

Updated: June 21, 2007, 7:30 PM ET
By Bill Borden | Special to ESPN.com

When a team sets up a race car they do it while it is at rest on a surface plate or scale. They are concerned with balancing the car front to rear to achieve a "neutral" status of the static weight. They manipulate the vertical loads (spring ratings) on the four tires and the geometry of the front and rear ends to achieve what they believe will give them a consistent and reliable tire patch when the race car is at racing speed on the track.

However, one extremely important element cannot ...

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