Why CFRP makes Formula One cars safer

Friday, April 26, 2013
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McLaren and Lotus debuted cars in the 1981 Formula One season featuring CFRP (carbon fibre reinforced polymer) chassis, and since then the sport has been dominated by the material. Its combination of high strength and light weight makes it the perfec... read more
Tags :  chassis

Wheel aerodynamics

Friday, April 26, 2013
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At first glance, wheels may appear to be a fairly simple component, but in Formula One they are in fact highly optimised aerodynamic devices. The airflow through a wheel can have a considerable impact on the overall aerodynamic performance of a car, ... read more
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The wiring loom

Friday, April 26, 2013
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Providing power and signal cabling to every extremity of the car is the job of the wiring loom. But as the need for ever-tighter packaging in a Formula One car contradicts the spiralling complexity of the electronics, so the wiring loom has an ever-t... read more
Tags :  electronics

The fuel tank

Friday, April 26, 2013
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Few who have ever witnessed a vehicle fire, let alone one in a Grand Prix machine, will ever forget the foreboding, the simple sheer terror of it all, and with it the intense heat, once alight and without proper fire-fighting equipment, as bystanders... read more
Tags :  powertrain

Particle image velocimetry

Friday, April 26, 2013
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It is vital for any Formula One team wanting to remain competitive to maximise its research and testing resources. Whether it is because of financial limitations, regulatory constraints or a simple lack of hours in the day, there is never as much tes... read more
Tags :  testing