Formula 1 cars have wings to help keep them on the road during cornering, they don't need them whilst moving in a straight line. And that's ok , they "only" travel at 220 mph.
In a different speed regime, at 1,000 mph, the Bloodhound SSC has small canard type wings about a quarter way down from the front. Reduction of drag is the aim here obviously, so keeping the wings as small as possible is important.
I am well aware I am second guessing all of the BloodhoundSSC.com experts here, but at 1,000 mph, the slightest bump has the potential to turn a small upward displacement into a complete flip over.
My questions are:
Are the Bloodhound designers depending on the speed, from say 300 mph upwards, to create sufficient down force from what looks like quite small (in surface area) wings?
How does downforce scale with speed? I have no experience of the fluid dynamics involved. Which set of equations is involved in the computer simulations?
I have very little knowledge of this area of physics, apart from basic aviation based practical knowledge and I would really appreciate knowing how you go about determining the correct aerodynamic tradeoffs that are involved.
The references cited above don't go into much detail, otherwise I would not ask this question, and I certainly don't expect a fluid dynamics course, just a short outline of how this situation would be dealt with.