In Formula 1 competitions, the success of a team depends a good bit on the speed of its pit crew and how fast the driver can exit the pit. The entire entry and exit of the pit requires excellent strategy and absolute precision by the entire team.
You can imagine that a pit stop would require a few minutes, given all of the work that the crew needs to get done (tires, fuel, etc.). Actually, anything in excess of just a few seconds would actually ruin the race for the entire team.
At the Japanese Grand Prix 2013, Ferrari managed to pull off the pit stop ever, as the team needed just 1.95 seconds to put Fernando Alonso back on the racetrack. Yes, you read that right: 1.95 seconds. Now this is what we call efficiency, don’t you think?
Today, Infiniti and Red Bull unveiled the fourth and final video of their web series that helps us understand how a Formula 1 car is built. After learning about the design, the composites and the manufacturing process, the fourth episode shows us how the build of the car itself takes place in the assembly bays of Milton Keynes HQ.
As usual, the video features a series of interviews from Christian Horner — team principal — about the hard work required to develop a F1 car. Him and his team help you understand the process required to get a F1 car from the drawing board to the racetrack and keep it competitive through an entire season. Of course, this process includes a few secrets, some of which, the video reveals.
If you fell behind on the series, the links to episodes 1, 2 and 3 are here:
Infiniti and Red Bull continue its series about how to make an F1 car with the third part of the series that explains the manufacturing process. This new video reveals the process the team uses to construct actual pieces of the car and how each F1 car is hand-build by a team of workers.
The RB9 has more than 6,500 unique parts and over 100,000 different components, so you can imagine that the development process is quite complicated, and that each member of the team needs to know exactly what he has to do. Seventy percent of these parts are developed in-house and there are 20 milling machines that develop nearly much every component.
Check out the video (above) if you want to learn the development process behind this great F1 car.
If you are interested, you can also watch Part 1 and Part 2 of the series after the jump.
Earlier this month Infiniti and Red Bull announced plans to reveal a four-part video series that guides us through the development of an F1 car. The two companies promised to reveal part of those "beyond-your-clearance," "need-to-know basis" secrets that transform an F1 car into an amazing piece of engineering.
In the first episode they explained the design and development processes of an F1 car.
Today the second episode called "Composites" was released, and it explains the process the team goes through to construct actual pieces of the car. As usual, the video brings exclusive interviews with team members, but also detailed and artistic footage of the intricate procedures required to make an F1 car.
In the next two episodes you will learn about manufacturing and will discover how the build of the car itself takes place in the assembly bays of our Milton Keynes HQ.
Developing a racecar suitable for Formula 1 competition can be a pretty difficult task, but it looks like for the folks over at Infiniti and Red Bull, it is a piece of cake, as the two companies teamed up and developed a very successful F1 car.
Infiniti and Red Bull prepared a four-part video that helps us understand how they developed such an amazing car, and we have the first part here.
This first video presents the design and development processes of an F1 car, which normally takes up to five months to complete. You will see exclusive interviews with team members and enjoy detailed and artistic footage of the intricate procedure required to develop a racer.
The development is a pretty complex process, and it starts with the design stage, then moves to the development of a 60-percent scale model, numerous wind tunnel tests and finally, the built of the actual car.
Jenson Button and Tony Stewart rarely bump heads. In fact, they are on completely different levels, as Benson competes in F1 and is a triathlete, while Smoke races primarily in NASCAR and the last triathlon that he competed in likely included Hooters chicken wings and Miller Lite. Not that we’re saying Smoke is out of shape; he’s just not on Button’s level.
Well, the two have finally come head to head in a competition, but they aren’t doing some crazy F1 vs. NASCAR gimmick; rather, they are trying to one-up each other in an attempt to sell you on just how good Mobil 1 oil is. And let us tell you, Smoke definitely gives it his best performance and may have even gotten the better of Button.
You may be wondering what pushed Stewart over the top? Well, we’ll sum up his ticket to victory in one word "sodacookies." Now that is something we can all get down with.
Check out the videos to see exactly what these two are up to.
A Formula One racecar belonging to arguably the greatest F1 driver in history is apparently such a collector’s item that people will deep pockets are willing to pay a moon’s price for it.
That much was made very clear at the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed after Juan Manuel Fangio’s 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 sold for a staggering $29.6 million, making it the most expensive car to be sold at a public auction, the most expensive F1 race car ever and, as a cherry on top of the proverbial sundae, the most expensive Mercedes in history.
Lots of "expensive" there, huh?
The racecar, which was sold at a Bonhams auction late last week, is the same one Fangio used to win his second Formula One title in what became an illustrious and now legendary career. It’s noted for being the racecar that introduced a bevy of new technologies into F1, including the use of a fuel-injected engine, an all-independent suspension from Mercedes, a multi-tubular ’spaceframe’ lightweight chassis design, all-round inboard-mounted brakes, and the ’straight-8’ engine ’laydown’ configuration that reduces the car’s overall height.
Suffice to say, this Mercedes racecar is that rare gem in automotive history that commands a price depending on how deep the pockets of the bidders are.
And apparently, "deep" meant to the tune of $29.6 million.
Click past the jump to read about Juan Manuel Fangio
If you want to make a great movie that will attract tons of automotive enthusiasts, Formula 1 is, no doubt, one of the best topics. The latest one was inspired by three-time F1 champ, Niki Lauda, and will be released on September 20, 2013.
The movie, which is named "Rush," tells the story of Lauda, talks about his rivalry with McLaren driver, James Hunt, and presents the horrific Nürburgring crash from 1976 that cost him his face. As no surprise, most of the plot is centered on the 1976 F1 season.
The movie is directed by Ron Howard and stars Barcelona Spain-born German actor, Daniel Brühl, playing the role of Niki Lauda and Chris Hemsworth, playing the part of James Hunt.
We don’t know about you, but it looks like "Rush" is going to be a can’t-miss movie of 2013 for all automotive and racing enthusiasts.
Instead of an image, McLaren has unveiled a teaser video of their Formula 1 racecar set to be unveiled on January 31st. The car will be named McLaren Mercedes MP4-28 and it will be driven by Jensen Button and new driver, Sergio Perez.
What we do know about the car is that it will keep the same 2.4-liter V-8 engine as previous version. In fact, 2013 will be the last year that this type of engine will be used, as starting in the 2014 racing season, it will be replaced by a 1.6-liter turbocharged V-6 engine.
The 2013 racing season will be a pretty interesting one for McLaren. First they will celebrate their 50th anniversary. And second, this is the first year that Lewis Hamilton will not be joining their team, as he has moved onto Mercedes .
We’ll update you with all of the official details on the McLaren MP4-28 F1 car once all of the details are released.
After what ended up becoming one of the most dramatic and controversial Formula One seasons in recent history, Ferrari is already gearing up for the 2014 season and they’re set to drum up the hype with the debut of their 2013 Formula One race car.
Set to be unveiled on February 1, Scuderia Ferrari has prepared a countdown teaser ahead of the race car’s live online debut.
It’ll be interesting to see what kind of changes Ferrari has up its sleeves after star driver Fernando Alonso came so close to dethroning reigning and defending champion, Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel. At the same time, Ferrari president, Luca di Montezemolo, acknowledged the need for the team to cost cut in line with the FIA’s objective to remain financially and economically viable in the long run.
Be that as it may, we’re still very interested to see what’s lying under that red sheet. If Alonso came within a controversial non-penalty by Vettel of winning the title last year, we’d be surprised if Ferrari doesn’t have a car that puts the Spaniard over the hump.