Formula One

Formula One

Posted on by Pratyush Rout  

Almost two months from now, the 2014 Season of the FIA Formula One World Championship will be back upon us — March 14th, to be exact. The first race, which will be held in Melbourne, Australia, will bring back the familiar scenes of open-wheel race cars with deafening noise going around in circles, as the teams in their quest for glory try their best to score the maximum points.

However, with all the regulation changes being made for the 2014 season, that’s where the familiarity ends. The 2014 season will see a revolution in Formula 1 with radical changes made to the exterior design, engines, powertrain and aerodynamics features.

With a more stringent set of rules focusing to increase fuel efficiency and at the same time reducing dependence on aerodynamics, 2014 will see a lot of innovation driven by the new, tighter regulations in one of the most technologically advanced racing series in the world.

Read our report on all you need to know that will be different this March when Formula 1 returns and the 2014 schedule after the jump.

Posted on by Simona  

We’ve wanted to start the year with something very cool: a coffee machine inspired by the engine of a Formula 1 car. Called Espresso Veloce Serie Titanio V12, the new coffee machine is made from race-ready materials like titanium, aluminum and stainless steel. The V12 coffee machine will be limited to only 500 units and is priced at about $16,500. Next to the V12 version, the guys over Espresso Veloce are also offering a V8 and a V10 engine, plus a Serie Carbonio Nero black carbon-fiber version for all three of them.

The new coffee machine is made from more than 90 precision components machined from solid billets, while the "exhaust pipes" are made from titanium and deliver the coffee into stainless steel ’piston’ cups’. What’s even cooler is that the tips are blued with heat - just like you see on the racing car’s exhaust systems. All the other elements of the coffee machine are made using high-grade aerospace alloys, similar to those used in contemporary Grand Prix engines.

Click past the jump see more images of the Espresso Veloce Serie Titanio V12 Coffee Machine.

Source: CarsGuide
Posted on by Simona  

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?

Check out the above video to see the record.

Posted on by Simona  

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:

Posted on by Simona  

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.

Posted on by Simona  

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.

You can see the first episode after the jump.

Posted on by Simona  

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.

Check out the video above to see it for yourself.

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.

One more video after the jump

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

Source: Bonhams
Posted on by Simona  

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.

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