Formula One side impact structures

Friday, May 16, 2014
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For many years the regulations governing Formula One car construction have paid great attention to reducing the loads experienced by drivers during front and rear impacts. However, despite having to undergo side intrusion tests, it is only relatively... read more
Tags :  chassis

Wheel coatings

Friday, May 16, 2014
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Controlling tyre temperature is of vital importance to the performance of a modern Formula One car – or any racecar for that matter – with teams constantly striving to get the most from each tyre compound they use over a stint. Controllin... read more
Tags :  corners

Brake-by-wire

Friday, May 16, 2014
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Since the post-1993 ban on active technologies, the FIA has been reluctant to allow more forms of electronically controlled systems. Yet for Formula One, in 2014 it decided to allow a brake-by-wire system. Rather than this being a performance-based r... read more
Tags :  driver-controls

Tyre temperature sensors

Friday, May 16, 2014
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Now that there is a single tyre supplier in Formula One, there is no longer a tyre war. Teams cannot produce their own tyres or request customisation of the compound or construction. Yet tyres are one of the biggest performance factors that the teams... read more
Tags :  electronics

Chemical power

Friday, May 16, 2014
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The Australian Grand Prix of 2014 brought with it a watershed moment. Not, as you might think, for the introduction of the 90º, 1.6 litre V6 engines or the eight-speed sequential gearbox. I wouldn’t say the event was even pivotal to the in... read more
Tags :  powertrain

Crash tests

Friday, May 16, 2014
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Although it is not often remembered these days, 1985 marked a seminal moment in the advancement of driver safety in Formula One. It was the year that saw the introduction of a mandatory frontal crash test for cars, and followed on the heels of a numb... read more
Tags :  testing