Bargeboard

Bargeboards were components of F1 cars before 2022, and some other open-wheel race cars, which help to redirect air flow and make the car more aerodynamic.

There are many different components on an F1 car designed to take advantage of aerodynamics and the effects of downforce. These include visible parts of the car, like the front and rear wing, but there were also parts called bargeboards that played a key aerodynamic role in F1 cars before 2022. 

Bargeboards were components of F1 cars before 2022, and some other open-wheel race cars, which help to redirect air flow and make the car more aerodynamic. They were located between the front wheels and the sidepods of the car, and they also helped cool internal components through this redirection of air. 

To get a full understanding of what a bargeboard is, without going too far into the technical side of things, it will be helpful to gain a basic understanding of aerodynamics. I’ll go through this below to help you better understand why bargeboards were used.