No matter how good a driver is, in technology-led Formula One he is at the mercy of the competitiveness of his car. What are the factors that make a car capable of running at a competitive pace in qualifying and the race?
Although there is much secrecy in Formula One, each year this in depth review of the sport’s engineering gets below the sponsors liveries to explain precisely what is going on at the heart of the machines and the secrets of those that are quick.
- Intro: THE EDITOR - The thirst for Formula One technical information and how this very focussed publication fulfils that widespread need
- Upfront: GRID - As a new era of Formula One, featuring closer racing gets underway we highlight key technical issues that it raises
- Upfront: BRAWN GP - The amazing rise of a shop floor machinist who went on to engineer world titles then make his own Grand Prix winning car…
- Upfront: FERRARI - The 2008 Constructors’ Championship winning car compared to its 2009 successor, designed under very different aero dictates
- State of the Art: F1 AERO - Considering the implications of the new aero rules and the impact they have had upon performance at the start of the new era
- Insight: KERS - Analysing the electric motor based Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems now boosting Formula One cars under acceleration and braking
- Insight: ADVANCED METALS - A look at the many and varied types of metal used in Grand Prix cars in the recent past and under today’s more restrictive rules
- The Challenge of: F1 2008 - Reviewing how Grand Prix cars evolved during the 2008 season, under the impact of the SECU, hence without traction control
- Insight: F1 BRAKES - The challenge of stopping Formula One cars as slick tyres and KERS enter the mix, bringing with them significant new issues
- Investigation: BMW’S GP WINNER - How BMW Sauber developed its 2008 car well enough to take the team’s first ever win at Montreal’s Canadian Grand Prix in June
- Insight: THE INERTER - Suspension technology took another intriguing twist when McLaren pioneered this Cambridge University invention in Formula One
- The future: USF1 - The engineering challenge of setting up a new team under the new for 2010 £30 million cost cap: is that sum realistic?
- F1 PADDOCK - The five 2009 engine manufacturers, the ten competing teams, the key people behind them and the new-look Formula One cars
- PS: RAM - Looking back to the last time it was affordable for a genuine privateer to compete in the Grand Prix racing arena