Race Engineering: How tyre temperature affects grip
How tyre temperature affects grip in a racing car is a non-linear problem (see chart.)
A tyre will have “no grip” if it is either:
- too cold –> think rock solid. Rubber not able to “bite” into track surface.
- too hot –> think chewing gum. Rubber so soft it can’t transmit forces.
In testing, find the optimum tyre temperature for your tyre on your specific track.
- Measuring temperatures –> how to measure tyre temps
- Interpreting the information –> how to interpret tyre temps
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