Rake refers to the car altitude created by raising rear ride height in relation to front ride height, effectively setting the car up with an upward slope front-to-rear. Rake helps the aerodynamics of the car work efficiently, lowering the nose but allowing the floor of the car to interact effectively with the airflow around it.

A rake angle that’s too shallow limits the ability of the car’s underside and diffuser to work properly; too steep and, likewise, the underbody will become less efficient aerodynamically – but also the car runs the risk of the nose and bib scraping the track surface (particularly when running light).