The inerter

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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Inerters first surfaced in the secretive world of Formula One when McLaren began using a suspension component dubbed the J-Damper. This was in fact an inerter, a component that while elementary in theory, provides a powerful additional tool when cont... read more
Tags :  chassis

Light and aerodynamic bodywork

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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As with every component on a modern Formula One car, the bodywork fulfils a number of different tasks. The most obvious is covering the internals of the car, but its primary role is to increase aerodynamic efficiency, so how do engineers design it to... read more
Tags :  corners

Heads up displays

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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Projecting information directly into a driver’s line of sight allows them to process it up to 50 times faster than normal. This is due mainly to the shorter eye movement required and the fact that their attention can remain focused on the road ... read more
Tags :  driver-controls

Prospects for driverless cars

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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Needing as it does the support of the automotive industry for its very survival, motor racing has embraced fuel efficiency, hybrids and now electric vehicles. But what about that other major concern of the industry today – the driverless car? ... read more
Tags :  electronics

Turbo compressor energy efficiency

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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For the first time, truly, ever in Formula One, 2014 was all about efficiency – in the amount of fuel the 1.6 litre, turbocharged, direct injected engine consumes over a race, and efficiency of the vehicle aerodynamics. And yet, with the amount... read more
Tags :  powertrain