Lack of uber downforce is deliberate, considered policy. For the spectacle. As anyone who has followed the development of this series/car should know.
The idea that a car that corners at 1.8 g's is "more spectacular" than a car that corners at 3 g 's, makes no sense whatsoever. John Martin himself commented on the severe lack of cornering grip of the S5000 compared to the F3000-type A1GP car he had raced previously.
By comparison to the Indycar's 3 g's, an F1 car corners at up to 5 g's, and that's why the F1 is truly spectacular around places like Silverstone.
Yes, the four wheel drifts of F1 in the seventies were nice, but those were due to using crossply tyres. The S5000 will run radial tyres (as F1 has used since 1980), so S5000 won't four wheel drift through turns, they just won't.
The idea low downforce = four wheel drifts everywhere is just plain wrong, for that you need to specify crossply tyres. Low downforce, just means a slow, ponderous race car that lumbers through the corners instead of blitzing through them.
Edited by V8 Fireworks, 16 August 2019 - 16:55.