Technical advances in Formula 1
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Disc brakes - BRM V16 - 1950
Semi-monocoque chais - BRM -1955
Stressed spaceframe chassis - Lotus
Monocoque chassis - Lotus 25 -1963
|The first monocoque chasis was built because of the regulations reducing
engines to 1.5L, favouring light cars.Thee main advantage is a higher stiffness
using less weight and frontal area. Also the improved suspension improved car
behavious in slower turns. 7 wins that year.
Engine - BRM H16 - 1966
|The main design of the H16 engine consistsin two 8 horizontal engines, one on
top of the other. Initialy designed to have only 6 camshafts, before racing, the
design had 8 camshaft, elevating the center of gravity.
Engine DVF V8 - Lotus 49 - 1968
Sponsor livery - Lotus 49B -1968
Having the teams funds form different sponshors
Wings - Lotus 49B - 1968
Starting point of the aerodinamics in F1, the wings generate enough downforce to
drive upside down.
Rubber fuel tanks - Matra MS08 - 1969
The adoption of the rubber fuel tanks situated after the driver,as it can be
seen in the pic, between teh driver and the engine genereted a trend thatit is
Slick tyres - 1970
4-wheel drive - Lotus - 1971
Airbox - Tyrell - 1971
Side mounted radiators - Lotus 72 - 1972
Six wheels -Tyrrell - P34 - 1976
To reduce the frontal section of the car, the front wheels has been reduced and duplicated. One win in Anderstorp(Sweden). At present, all the car must have 4
Carbon brakes - McLaren - 1976
Remote engine paramteres modifcation
Turbo - Renault RS01 -1977
Compressed air reduces the volume and allows more air to burn the fuel improving
combustion and providing more power. The car wasn't specially sucessfull, but all
the teams viewed its potential, adopting it and dividing the Formula 1 in two
classes, the ones with it and teh ones without it, making 2 different sets of rule
engines and constructor championships. Banned after a while to eliminate this
Ground effect cars - Lotus -1978
Locked differential - Lotus 78 - 1978
Fan - Brabham BT46 -1978
One win at the Swedish GP. Banned after that.
Composite car - McLaren MP4/1 - 1981
As soon as the computers reduced its size and increased their power enough,
they were incomporated in to the cars to control the
Active suspension - Lotus - 1982
Diffuser - Williams - 1985
Semiautomatic gearbox - Ferrari - 1989
The adoption of a semiautoamti gearbox by Ferrari eliminated the stick and
incorporated two paddles behind the steering wheel (the golden ones in the
picture), also starting the trend for moving all controls to the steering wheel,
so teh driver has not to move hands off it), the right one to shift gear up and
the left to shift down; after the system being refined, the paddles get programmable allowing shifts of several gears. The concept is now used by all team.
Raised 'shark' nose - Tyrrell - 1990
Hi-tech steering wheels - Ferrari - 1996
The increase of electronics controlling the car, allowed the centrallizations of the controls
into teh steering wheel, giving the driver more information (with LCDs) and more control.
X wings - Tyrrell - 1997
The search of downforce in slower circuits.
Single wheel braking pedal - McLaren - 1997
FFT braking system - Benneton B199 - 1999
Bargeborads - McLaren - 1997
Berylium engine - McLaren - 1998
Top exiting exhausts - Ferrari
Improves the air quality through the rear wing.
Pneumatique valve - Renault
Twin keel - Harvey Postlethwaite - Sauber C20 - 2000
Two keels for the front suspension anchors produces better air under the car.
Wide V - Renault - 2001
A wider angle lowers the center of gravity.
Tomahawks - Patrick Head - Williams - FW24B - 2002
The 'walrus' nose - FW26 - 2004
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