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#1 mlsnoopy

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 07:04

Does anybody know what speeds the cars achieve with the DRS closed. And which team has the best "race" top speed?

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#2 Beamer

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 07:10

Does anybody know what speeds the cars achieve with the DRS closed. And which team has the best "race" top speed?


From Button tips Mercedes to surprise

"But, with the long straights here - I think they can get about 20 km/h with DRS, the Mercedes, and I think most other teams are about 12 km/h. It is a massive difference around here, so in qualifying they are going to be very, very quick."

Do the math....

#3 olliek88

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 07:10

Does anybody know what speeds the cars achieve with the DRS closed. And which team has the best "race" top speed?


I don't have anything conclusive but from what i understand Red Bull have a DRS set up thats more beneficial for qualy and apparantly Mclaren have one thats better in race trim but thats just from some things i've read on t'internet, so could be BS for all i know. :)

#4 joshb

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 07:16

I saw once one of the red bulls onboard and they were bouncing off the limiter at 320kph barely halfway down the straight between the hairpin and the last chicane. I'd say it probably gives you 5-10kph. The 2 renaults hit 330kph or thereabouts when last year the top speed was just flicking 320.

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#5 Clatter

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 12:16

Does the DRS give more speed or just allow you to get to it quicker?

#6 olliek88

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 12:18

Does the DRS give more speed or just allow you to get to it quicker?


A bit of both, although the way the teams have been gearing the cars i suspect its more about getting to the top speed quicker as their top speed is governed by 7th gear.

#7 Dunder

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 12:21

Does the DRS give more speed or just allow you to get to it quicker?


Both. Top speed is, of course, governed by the final drive ratio and everything we have seen confirms that teams are lengthening that to allow for the effect of DRS.
In China overtaking cars were 18-20kph faster than the car in front at the end of the back straight.


#8 Scotracer

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 12:24

Watching FP1 yesterday the MGP cars were reaching 304km/h (189mph) without DRS and 317km/h (197mph) with it. But remember, the "true" advantage of it will be compromised as the cars were hitting the limiter at 317km/h so more was possible and without DRS, the cars would be geared too tall reducing the theoretical top speed too.

Still, around 15km/h DRS advantage is to be expected.