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There is No Such Thing As Centrifugal Force

An article in the Rev-Up large scale racing magazine brought into the limelight the proposition that there is no such thing as centrifugal force.

As there have been numerous mentions of centrifugal force on the RcTek site, we have decided to put forward our reasons for not using the correct terms.

The Physicists

The physicists have declared that there is no such thing as centrifugal force and that instead this phenomena is best described by using the term Centripetal Force. We will continue to resist the temptation to change these references as we have no doubt that the majority of you out there understand what is meant when the term centrifugal force is mentioned.


Although we make every attempt to be accurate with the articles on the site, we have to communicate using terminology that the average model racer out there understands. If that means being incorrect as far as the elite are concerned, then so be it. If we were to suddenly change all references to centripetal force, we would add unnecessary confusion and would have to continually explain the difference in the thinking of the forces that are involved.

Centrifugal & Centripetal Forces

Many of you might not have ever even heard of centripetal force, but if you want to know more then we have an article that uses animations to inform you.

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