The Science Behind Formula One Race Cars

Formula One race cars are often referred to as the ultimate race car, for clearly obvious reasons. In addition to being the fastest ground vehicles to be manually controlled by a human, they are incredibly expensive to design and build. It no longer raises eyebrows to hear of a Formula One race car costing in excess of $100 million. While this may sound like an unbelievable sum to spend on one car that risks destruction due to either driver or mechanical error, Formula One racing remains the absolute emperor of driving sports, so the price tag should not come across as too much of a shock.

However, one of the largest factors in designing a successful Formula One racing is considering the scientific aspects of racing, particularly aerodynamics. The whole idea of squeezing the most speed out of these machines is by making certain that the vehicle is designed for maximum performance and not hindered by air resistance and turbulence. This is the reason that the cars have wings added to them, but unlike wings on airplanes, the wings are formed to specifically create a downward force, so the car will remain close to the ground.

In addition to wings, each component of a Formula One race car is carefully considered and weighed in order to improve the overall performance of the vehicle. The steering wheel looks like a video gamer’s dream (or nightmare) and gives the driver the ability to tweak brake pressure, fuel/air mixes, and much more. As you can well understand, both the brakes and the tyres are equally important and also require close attention and consideration in order to end up with the consummate driving machine.

For Patrick Imbardelli, learning about the scientific facet of Formula One racing simply increases his appreciation and love for the most elite auto racing sport in the world.

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