Just recieved my copy of F1 racing. In it they discuss possible technologies used in F1 (not a prediction it should be noted) fr the year 2028. The study was done by QinetiQ.
They discuss using Fuel Cell technology to power the car, using the brakes to generate energy which could be stored then used to propell the car (as discussed elsewhere on the forum I think)
They also talk about using a HUD fir the driver, and touch responses (pressurepads on the seat or neck to tell a driver where the opposition is) possibly making mirrors redundant (the aero guys would like that!)
Also nano-pigments that improve heat transfer regardless of colour could make the cars bodywork (or even race suits) more efficent at cooling, with nano sensors monitoring the drivers body conditions sending data back to a computer that could suggest or even actually implement changes to he driver's environment.
Finally (and this is the best bit) Self Repairing cars! The idea being that:
The carbon-fibres in the car's bodywork would be manipulated on a nano scale to make them hollow and filled with a resin or adhesive of some sort, also nano-sized spheres of resin would be impregnated into the carbon fibre weave.
Any impacts would break the carbon fibres, or crush the spheres, releasing the resin which would hold the strctural integrity of the car...for the time being.
To restore the shape of the car (and therefore restore the aerodynamic properties of the car) shape-memory alloys could be used in the bodywork of the car. They are already used in satelites, to repair microscopic damage caused by tiny impacts of particles in space. This occures when the satrelite cools and heetas as it passed infront of the sun then behind the earth into its shadow. Except in the self-repairing F1 car threads of magnetic shape-memory alloys would be inter-woven into the carbob fibire and rather than heat, would respond to a magnetic field generated by some sort f track side antenna.
Furthermore shape memory polymers (large organic, i.e carbon based, molecules) could also be used, these would respond to some sort of radiation field. In essence the idea is that the car drives thru the pits (or simply past it on track) and the car is repaired on the go!
The scarey thing is - this techology already exists (albeit in its simplest form)
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