Caught in a vortexOne of my friends shared with me this gif of a…

Caught in a vortex

One of my friends shared with me this gif of a butterfly getting caught in the front wing vortex of the car. The purpose of the vortex is to deflect the air flow from the front wing preventing its interaction with the front tire thereby reducing drag.

But how a butterfly got caught in this flow is beyond me. RIP butterfly.

** Check out our mini-series ‘Up up and away’ where we explored the physics of stalls, boundary layers, and F1 cars if this post fascinated you. Happy Thanksgiving!