Future of F1 Cars

February 01, 2010 / by / 0 Comment

F1 Cars

Formula one commonly known as f1 is the highest class of auto-racing that is sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and the cars that are considered eligible for this championship are not the normal sports cars but they are the specially designed F1 cars that every auto making company tries to build. This championship is based on different set of rules to which all the participants and cars must comply otherwise their eligibility for the race gets cancelled. The F1 championship comprises on a set of races and on the basis of results obtained from them two annual world championships are held one for the racers and one for the constructors.

Photo by gainsheritage (aka Merlyn)

Photo by gainsheritage (aka Merlyn)

The F1 cars are build on the most exotic and advance technology and the designing for those cars is done exclusively for the F1 championship. A really high speed and acceleration is required for the F1 racing and to get these factors the engineers and designers put in the best component, engines and body material, normally very stiff and strong material is used for the construction of these cars which as a result gives ultimate results. Mostly aluminum alloys are used to for making engine and carbon fibers for making body which as a result gives the reliability with performance.

Some of the major concerns of car designers and engineers while developing F1 cars are mostly same and they have been discussed below in this article.

  • The first thing which is kept in mind while developing the F1 cars is to lower the down force and this can be simply done by increasing the overtaking power by remolding the shape of body. To achieve this purpose lower and wider front wings are coupled with narrower and higher rear wings that drastically help to lower the down force.
  • The 2nd thing which the developers notice while developing the F1 cars are the pattern of tyres. The recent trends for the F1 tyres are some kind of slick tyres, which have no tread pattern. The main impact of these tyres is maximizing the traction by providing larger contact patch with the race track. Earlier some tread patterns were used for the tyres but now they have been completely removed for the better performance of the cars.
  • For the better performance of the cars engineers are likely to add adjustable aero, the big front wheel flaps, the future F1 cars. Such changes automatically help to improve the car speed and allow other cars on the track to stay close in quick corners. Another very exciting feature of the car is to minimize the loss of front end down force and enhances car safety while overtaking.
  • A very new technology is also claimed to be used for the development of F1 cars and that is the KERS technology which has started in the previous year and it is now becoming a standard for the development because it is challenging the field of engineering with its high energy and green image, that helps to recover and store energy lost during braking thus it saves gas and promote green cars. The usage of KERS technology is made possible in two ways; one for battery operation and second for the flywheel technology.
  • During the battery operation the excessive energy is stored in the battery and then released at the time of requirement which sounds really amazing. Thus the energy storage lets the car’s driver to run the car in a consistent status.
  • During the flywheel, the energy is consistently used but the connection to the flywheel occurs in case of power boost which is another very exciting concept.

These were the latest trends which have been used by the developers in the development of F1 cars and further advancement in such technologies is expected for the future which is definitely going to take the class of F1 cars on some further heights.


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