F-1 as tight-lipped as military projects
F-1 racing is long known to be the most competitive and technologically advanced type of car racing in the world. It is the most dangerous as well. F-1 cars are state of the art creatures pushing technology to its limits.
What makes Formula 1 racing different from other racing sports is that the teams are also competing among themselves. To succeed in F-1 Grand Prix (teams’ competition) a team requires large financial investment along with attention to detail and discipline. That’s why technology used in this sport as-as secretive as top military secrets.
Here are 16 cool facts about the sport:
- European Grand Prix Motor Racing took place nearly a 100 years ago in the 1920s. This racing event is considered to be the roots for F-1. Word formula means specific set of rules that teams & drivers must adhere to during the competition.
- Lucky Hill. Every driver who joined the competition with the surname Hill won at least one championship. Phil Hill, Grayham Hill and Darion Hill. Last two are father and son.
- €7,000,000 (7 million) is an average price for a “basic” formula 1 car. This price will get you most basic features with it. Research and development is priced separately.
- Parts of the reason why these machines are so expensive is that they built of approx. of 80 000 components. Assembly of them is also very intense, requiring 100% accuracy.
- During a single race, formula 1 driver loses ~ 4kg of his body weight. That’s right, 4kg in a single race. 1kg of lost weight = 10 times more of lost psycho-physical ability. On the good note, formula 1 machines have water bottle installed in them, allowing driver to drink it through the straw.
- F-1 tyres are working just as hard as the drivers during the races. On average each tyre loses 0.5kg of weight (per race) as it spins ~ 50 times per second. Depending on the compound F-1 tyres lasts 90 to 120 km. (Normal tyres ~ 20,000 – 30,000 Km).
- An average weight of the car + driver is 702kg.
- Top pit stop teams can change tyres and refuel in 3 seconds!
- 0-100km/h and back to 0km/h again can be achieved in 4 seconds with a F-1 car.
- Driver’s helmets are ones of extreme toughness. One of the safety tests that they have to pass is 45 seconds in 800C flame.
- Speaking of heat, during the race brake discs can heat up to 1200C. That’s why they are manufactured using the unbreakable carbon fiber material. (1200C in the temperature of lava)
- An average car on the street will last up to 20 years while having rev cap of 6000/7000 rpm. F-1 engine lasts for about 2 hours of continuous racing before it blows up. These engines are getting up to 18000 rpm.
- German driver Michael Schumacher has the most championship wins in the history of F-1. In 2004 he won record 7th title.
- F-1 cars are reaching top speeds of up 360 km/h, which is faster than small aeroplanes taking off. To keep these cars on the track, aerodynamic downforce is provided by their wings.
- When braking and manoeuvring F1 drivers experience a force of 5 times their own weight.
- During the 1977 British Grand Prix David Purley suffered a crash estimated of 197.8g. His car went from 173 km/h to standstill in just 2 seconds. The driver recovered and went back to racing later on. This just shows you how safe the modern F1 cars are.
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