Restrictions on aerodynamic testing

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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Aerodynamic resource restrictions in Formula One were introduced in 2009 as a means to limit a team’s expenditure on aerodynamics. Large investments were being made in full-scale wind tunnels, computational clusters and on-track testing –... read more
Tags :  aerodynamics

Additive manufactured safety structures

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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In a previous F1-Monitor, Dan Fleetcroft highlighted the advances made in rapid prototyped composite parts. Continuing on from this, another major development has been the ability to the manufacture metal components using selective laser sintering (S... read more
Tags :  chassis

Suspension trends

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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The past few years have seen the leading Formula One teams continuously evolving their suspension systems, with designers taking some radical approaches to both front and rear set-ups. For the front suspension, the most significant trend was a move b... read more
Tags :  corners

Manufacturing composites

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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In the perpetual search for improved mechanical properties and reduced mass, Formula One has a reputation for being the earliest adopter of new materials and technologies. Some of these are developed internally by the teams while the Formula One frat... read more

The accelerator pedal

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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According to the regulations the accelerator pedal is, “The only means by which the driver may control acceleration torque to the driven wheels.”  No longer is the pedal simply a means of directly moving the throttles on the engine,... read more
Tags :  driver-controls

Hardware

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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It’s all too easy to oversimplify the electronic installation on a modern Formula One car – the ECU usually gains the most attention – but supporting that is a host of other hardware devices, all part of the car’s overall syst... read more
Tags :  electronics

Direct injection

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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As I write this there are only just over two weeks to go before the first of the Formula One winter test days at Jerez, and while many a race enthusiast might be concerned about the changes in the sound the new turbocharged V6 power units will make, ... read more
Tags :  powertrain

Cooling calibration

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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The 2014 Formula One regulations present engineers with a host of challenges, not only in terms of designing all-new power units and energy recovery systems but in ensuring they are integrated as efficiently as possible into the car packages. One are... read more
Tags :  testing