Monocoque materials

Monday, January 28, 2013
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While the monocoque of a modern Formula One car performs multiple functions, including aerodynamic performance and the provision of sufficient stiffness (combined with the powertrain and suspension) to ensure adequate traction and handling, its prima... read more
Tags :  chassis

Carbon and its fibre composites

Monday, January 28, 2013
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In providing the physical contact points with the track surface, the ‘corners’ of a Formula One racecar –the wheels, brakes, uprights and suspension – could be argued to perform the most important function of all. Reacting for... read more
Tags :  corners

Not composite yet

Monday, January 28, 2013
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Carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) composites first found their way into Formula One during the mid-1970s; however their full potential was not universally recognised until 1981 when John Barnard pioneered the carbon fibre monocoque with the McLa... read more

Formula One’s new powertrain control

Monday, January 28, 2013
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2013 will bring in a new ECU to control the Formula One powertrains. Provided to all teams via McLaren Electronic Systems, the TAG-320 is the first step towards the major change in powertrain rules for 2014. As a method of controlling costs and dr... read more
Tags :  electronics

F1 – 2014 the new era

Monday, January 28, 2013
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Setting aside the Yuletide festivities for yet another year, Formula One teams will now be looking towards the 2013 season and the first test session at Jerez in February. During the next couple of weeks therefore, for engine suppliers this will mean... read more
Tags :  powertrain

Simulators

Monday, January 28, 2013
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In Formula One, every decade sees new off-track technologies pushing car performance on track. In the 1980s, wind tunnels became the ‘must-have facility’; in the 1990s CAD and CFD systems revolutionised car design, while the first decade ... read more
Tags :  testing