Technical advances in Formula 1

Note: Some of those images at made by me, but most of them (cars mainly) have been scavenged from web sites all along the world. I you own one of this pic and you want me to delete it or you want to be acknowledged, please, tell me to the address at the end.

Disc brakes - BRM V16 - 1950

Semi-monocoque chais - BRM -1955

Sponsorship -

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 still alive.

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 wheels only.

Carbon brakes - McLaren - 1976

Radio communcation

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 splitting.

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



Traction control

As soon as the computers reduced its size and increased their power enough, they were incomporated in to the cars to control the

Launch control

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

Aerodinamic device.

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

Aerodinamic device.

The 'walrus' nose - FW26 - 2004

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