Ferrari, competitive until mid-season, had to be content with Fernando
Alonso's second place in the end. On the technical front, the 2012 world
championship will be remembered for the large air intakes in the noses of many
of the cars, their purpose to recover aerodynamic load; then there were the
sophisticated F-Ducts created by Mercedes-Benz and the pull rod front suspension
layout designed by Ferrari. In this well-established publication, author,
designer and television commentator Giorgio Piola analyses the various
development phases of the different teams during the world championship. Brief
but exhaustive texts illustrated with hundreds of technical designers in full
colour are the main elements of this book, which concludes with a section on the
cars that will be the protagonists of the 2013 season.
After the closest-fought season in F1 history, Sebastian Vettel became the
youngest-ever World Champion. His car, the Red Bull RB6, the work of a team led
by legendary F1 designer Adrian Newey, was the envy of the paddock, proving to
be consistently faster than its rivals over the season. In this fascinating
book, the Red Bull RB6 receives the "Haynes Manual" treatment, providing an
unprecedented insight into the design, technology and engineering of an F1 car
as well as the inner workings of Red Bull Racing.
Martin Brundle first came to the public's attention when he raced wheel-to-wheel with Ayrton Senna and gave the great Brazilian the toughest challenge of his early career. A regular podium winner with Williams, McLaren, Jordan and Brabham, Brundle began commentating with Murray Walker in 1997. He is now ITV's main commentator and speaks to an estimated 40 million English-speaking people around the world. In this unique book the reader will have his armchair converted to the laid-down cockpit of a Formula One car and be swept around the world's classic motor racing circuits. He will experience the extraordinary sensations, the adrenaline and the atmosphere as told by the sport's best analyst. Together with F1's respected journalist, Maurice Hamilton, Brundle brings his infallible humour and insight, his experiences and opinion, to each of the circuits and its classic races.
From the camber at Monaco, which will leave your wheels hanging in the air, to Melbourne and the dynamics behind the most dramatic crash of the decade. Encompassing such essential details as neck-snapping acceleration, smashing cars worth a quarter of a million and the amount of sweat a driver will lose in a race, this is a rare F1 book - funny, opinionated, evocative and dramatic
Join Steve Matchett, racing broadcaster, columnist, and longtime Formula 1 mechanic for the championship Benetton team, on a quest to build the ultimate racing machine. During a fogbound evening in an airport lounge, Matchett and some fellow enthusiasts began a discussion of racecar design, a conversation which evolved into a detailed examination of the teams and technologies behind the world’s most complex sport. Their thoughts are captured here, from choosing the best chassis and most advanced suspension to building the strongest gearbox, providing an unmatched insider view of the international F1 scene
F1 journalist David Tremayne unravels the mysteries of modern Grand Prix car design in this all-colour book. Using information gleaned from the sport's leading designers, the authoritative, extensively illustrated text, written with the armchair enthusiast in mind, explains just how a Formula 1 car works. The philosophy and technology behind the chassis, engine, transmission, electronics, steering, suspension, brakes, tyres and aerodynamics are analysed and the important question of how these parts and systems interact is explored, providing An insight into the secretive technology-driven world of Formula 1 car design. The book covers: chassis construction - composite materials, how chassis strength influences performance, aerodynamic influences and safety aspects; the engine - the reasons for adopting the V10 layout, the forces involved, the search for ever-higher revs, how fuels and oils contribute to performance; the transmission - basic gearbox principles, gearbox design, electro-hydraulic actuation, the differential, driveshafts; electronics - how this most important factor influences so many areas, including the engine, transmission and telemetry; steering, suspension and brakes; tyres - why different tyres exert so much influence on performance; aerodynamics - basic theory, what individual components do, and how aerodynamic changes are made; and how all the various elements interact, and how F1 cars are tested.
Scuderia Ferrari granted former Team Lotus engineer Peter Wright unparalleled access to the team principals and to Michael Schumacher’s 2000 championship–winning car, and the result is the most detailed, specific, and awe-inspiring analysis of a modern F1 car ever published. The principles behind the design of the car and engine are explained, often by the key people who are responsible for performing the work. Detailed descriptions of systems and components are accompanied by technical specifications, assembly drawings, functional details, and performance analysis. Lavishly illustrated with Ferrari’s own technical drawings, computer models, and photos, the book also features original cutaway paintings and drawings by Tony Matthews. Candid interviews with Michael Schumacher, Jean Todt, Ross Brawn, Rory Byrne, Paolo Martinelli, and many others reveal the inner workings of the Scuderia as well as the philosophies and approaches each department head uses to lead his group. Brawn, Technical Director, has described the state in which the Ferrari team operates as being similar to a state of war. As you read this book, learning in extensive detail about every aspect of the car and the commitment and effort put forth by the Scuderia, you will develop the very strong impression that Brawn is not exaggerating.
Formula 1 Technology offers an in-depth look at the engineering, design and production of Formula 1 cars. It focuses on the most technically challenging years, showing how the technology and engineering have evolved from mechanical systems, most of which one could hold in the hand, look at closely, and see how they should work, to systems dominated by silicon wafers so small one can hardly see them.
CONTENTS INCLUDE: The Racing Objective; Evolve or Die; The Chassis and Its Dynamics; Engines; Transmissions; Tires; Aerodynamics; Suspension; Brakes; Measurement, Control, and Data Systems; Simulation and Design Tools; Test Rigs; Banned Technologies; Safety; Track Testing and Racing; Formula 1 Now and in the Future; The Technical Regulations and Policing Them; Four Appendices; and References
This first book in the Autocourse Technical Series about contemporary technology in the world of motorsport assesses the technological aspects of the modern Formula 1 car. Featured are topics on chassis construction, aerodynamic devices and on-track action, including pitstops and testing.
Concentrating on the modern era of turbo-charging in Formula One, this third book in the Autocourse Technical Series examines the evolution of some of the most powerful racing cars of all time which lay behind the rise to prominence of teams like Renault, Brabham-BMW and McLaren Honda.