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
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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
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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
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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
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