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

Managing brake cooling flows

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
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Under braking, the friction of the brake pads against the disc transfers the kinetic energy of the car into heat, which passes through the brake disc, pads and caliper. Unless this energy can be removed from these components then eventually they will... read more
Tags :  aerodynamics

Composite automation

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
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Carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) parts make up the majority of a modern Formula One car by volume. The combination of light weight and high strength makes them ideal for car construction, but they do have their disadvantages. One of the most no... read more
Tags :  chassis

Power steering systems

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
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An effective steering system is one of the most basic requirements of any racecar. In the realm of Formula One, packaging space available for the steering components is minimal, yet the demands placed on them are considerable, both in terms of mechan... read more
Tags :  corners

Additive layer manufacturing

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
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Formula One is often one of the earliest adopters of new technologies and materials, driven as it is by the teams’ perpetual search for any performance advantage. A prime example here is the commercial advent of additive layer manufacturing (AL... read more

The start procedure

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
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Since launch control was banned for 2008, it’s been down to the driver to manipulate the clutch and throttle to gain the perfect start – albeit along the way being aided by a number of passive electronic systems. With the clutch controlle... read more
Tags :  driver-controls

Front hub instrumentation

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
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Within the tight confines of a Formula One car, the need to record thousands of channels of data from hundreds of sensors means packaging instrumentation needs careful forethought. A case in point would be the need to place sensors around the wheel h... read more
Tags :  electronics

Harvest festival

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
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First introduced in 2009 and then after a year’s absence again in 2011, energy efficiency in Formula One is set to take a further step forward in 2014. Initially called KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) the concept of energy recovery is bei... read more
Tags :  powertrain

Tyre wind tunnel simulation

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
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Formula One cars are probably the most definitive example of detail engineering taken to the nth degree anywhere in the world. This is not through choice for the engineers involved in designing the cars but a necessity in order to remain competitive ... read more
Tags :  testing
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