I have just thought of what I believe to be an incredibly new, technological, innovative and brilliant concept for the future of F1, and is something we plan to incorporate into our Innovo car for 2012. (viewtopic.php?f=6&t=10242)
Bare conductive produces inks and paints, that allow electricity to flow through them, and are non-toxic as well as not causing electric shocks. The paint can also be used as a motion sensor, which can detect distance and pressure.
The idea for the application of this in F1 is to eliminate the use of wires, by painting the whole inside of the chassis with this bare conductive paint. electricity can then flow through the metal, and through the bodywork of the car, while not electrocuting the driver or team.
Another use is for sensors. It can be used as a ride height sensor to accurately measure the ride height from billions of different points across the car. This will give excellent data on the flexing of wings. The FIA could also use it as mandatory for F1 teams, as proof that wings don't flex more than a certain distance, which I believe will be a problem solved for the FIA to stop wings flexing. The pressure sensor ability also has endless uses in F1.
This reduces the need for all these specialist sensors to have an aerodynamic effect on the car. This paint can still have all required sensors built in, without external equipment added like we saw at the Abu Dhabi test this week. Also because bare conductive is a brand new material, it is therefore not banned by the FIA.
I'm in serious consideration about whether to contact teams about such an idea actually being incorporated into F1 design of the future.
Smart materials are not new..As many of the readers here would no doubt have heard about shape memory alloys which are used to modify the shape of a structure by passing electricity thru it..Thats being researched with composites for light UAV..
The paint shown in the video would be useful in detecting leakages etc..