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 - How KERS has already led to Formula One improving technology for road cars.
- Upfront: GRID - With refuelling banned and new aero packages, it’s all change in 2010.
- Insight: BRAKES - Quick lap times are just as much about stopping quickly as about going fast.
- State Of The Art: EXHAUSTS - Blowing hot air efficiently is like music to the ears of the engineer.
- Special Investigation: INSIDE RED BULL - We investigate the extraordinary leap to prominence of the Red Bull team.
- Insight: WIND TUNNELS - With a cold wind blowing through wind tunnel testing, we look at its future.
- Insight: COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS - Is CFD a viable replacement for wind tunnels longterm? We investigate.
- Review: STRANGE TIMES - We look back at some interesting trends and developments from 2009.
- State Of The Art: COMPOSITES - From zero to hero, composite chassis construction has come a long way.
- Insighr: DATA ACQUISITION - Data acquisition and interpretation is a vital tool in Formula One today. We explain.
- PADDOCK - Who is who in Formula One race car engineering.
- PS: REFUELLING OR NO REFUELLING - The more things change, the more they stay the same.