Fast Formula One Facts

2/04/2013

Start your engines! It’s that time of year again when Formula One fever takes hold, with thousands tuning in to watch the races. To celebrate Formula One, we have some fast facts about the races and how a F1 car is different from your regular car.

 

F1 car• Each F1 car is made up of around 80,000 components. The cars have to be put together with 100% accuracy – if they were assembled with 99.9% accuracy, 80 components would be wrongly placed.

• F1 car engines have a lifespan of only around two hours of racing, compared with regular car engines which last for many years!

• Drivers are not allowed to refuel during races, meaning that they have to complete the whole race on just a single tank of petrol.

•When an F1 driver brakes, the intense deceleration can be compared to a regular car driving through a brick wall at 300km an hour.

•Racing tyres are designed to last just 90 to 120 kilometres, unlike regular car tyres which typically last 60,000 to 100,000km.

• An F1 driver loses about 3kg during a race due to the high G-forces and hot temperatures.

•An F1 car has around 100 sensors and acurators to monitor and control the car, linked together with more than a kilometre of cable.

• F1 cars can accelerate rom 0kph to 160kph, then decelerate back down to 0kmp in only four seconds.

• All of the cars gear cogs are replaced after each race, due to the high temperatures they have to withstand.

• Most F1 racing car tyres are filled with nitrogen, as nitrogen’s pressure remains more consistent than regular air.
 

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