Modern tech innovations that have revolutionized the world of Formula One

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Over the years, there have been a lot of innovations that have changed the face of Formula One racing. This has been even truer in recent times. With technologies coming down the line faster than ever before as well as lower production costs, Formula One racing is experiencing an innovation boom, with cars being built safer, stronger, more aerodynamic, and with fuel and energy saving technologies. In fact, many of the technologies that have been developed have found their way into private cars, hospitals, and more. Formula One has always been an ambassador of great technological advancement and pride in high quality machinery.

Turbocharged engines

 

The turbocharged engine drastically increased the speeds at which Formula One cars could travel, starting with the 1977 racing season. Cars were so powerful that in 1981 turbochargers were banned altogether.

 

Semi-automatic gear boxes and traction control

With the banning of turbochargers, semi-automatic gear boxes and traction control features improved handling capabilities, allowing drivers to maintain a higher speed with greater safety than before. These features have been key in preventing crashes altogether and reducing the severity if they do occur.

 

Drag reduction system

 

Modern Formula One cars are designed so that it is easier to pass other cars safely. This allows the driver to activate an aerodynamic system at key points during a race so that the drag and downforce are reduced. The rear wind element of the car being moved is what causes the reduction.

 

Aerodynamics

 

Formula One cars have become much more streamlined over the years. Modern cars, such as those from Ferrari and Renault, are sporting all kinds of drag and downforce reduction features such as vents, flaps, and more. The 2004 Williams FW26 features a nose that is flat and wide with the addition of front wing pylons that go past the nose of the car. Although they later decided to change the shape of the nose, the front wing pylons were kept.

 

KERS (kinetic energy recovery system)

The KERS system operates by allowing a fly wheel attached to a capacitor to recover and store energy that the driver can utilize on demand. This system can add an astounding 80 horsepower to a car’s capability. This technology is also being used in private modern, high performance supercars such as the Porsche 918 Spyder and Ferrari LaFerrari.

 Great encouragement by top players

 Formula One innovations are encouraged by such players as Max Mosley, the former president of Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), and one of the founding fathers of modern Formula One racing. Mosley spearheaded the movement to improve safety on the Formula One circuit. He has been a supporter of the modern V6 turbocharged Formula One car, saying that the older V8 cars were becoming outdated with all the technologies that had become available since they became the standard. Max Mosley’s Formula 1 blog contains the inside track of what is going on in the world of Formula One racing.

 

 

 

 

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