Technical : Mechanics

The mechanical properties of a Formula One car are still very important, despite having suffered under the discovery of aerodynamics over time.

Apart from the regular strength improvements and weight reduction that is continuously investigated, the suspension is of particular interest to current car development. With the single tyre supplier that Formula One now has, all teams are greatly investing in suspension improvements, trying to make better use of the tyres than others. Being able to run the car at all time with the optimum tyre temperature is a considerable advantage.

More information can be found in the articles below.

  • King of Speed: Cosworth's CA 2.4l V8 15-10-2013

    Ian Bamsey reports in unprecedented detail on the Cosworth CA, the first Formula One engine to reach 20,000 rpm on track.

  • KERS in F1, was it worth it? 01-10-2013

    In part 5, Richard Ronc reviews if the technological investment in KERS was really worth anything for the sport, or for the carmakers in general.

  • KERS in F1, the electrical solution 19-09-2013

    In part 4, Richard Ronc checks out the current battery alternative, and why that became the only one used to this current day.

  • 2014 engines: Heat management 15-09-2013

    Ian Bamsey visits Brixworth and Viry Chatillon to find out what we can expect from Formula One’s radical new powertrain technology

  • KERS in F1, the early alternatives 02-09-2013

    In part 3, Richard Ronc checks what KERS meant for Formula One in the early days, and what alternatives were investigated.