Deconstructing Formula 1: Under the skin

Deconstructing Formula 1: Under the skin

In the latest part of Gary Anderson's series on deconstructing a Formula 1 car, AUTOSPORT's technical guru examines the complex job of packaging the mechanicals within a modern day grand prix machine

As I have said before during this series of articles on deconstructing a Formula 1 car, mechanical packaging is the biggest hurdle to overcome when designing a grand prix car.

In order to improve the airflow movement around the outer surfaces of the car, every aerodynamicist wants the body surfaces of their car more or less shrink-wrapped around its mechanical components. In a theoretical world this would be fine, but controlling the underbody temperature to reduce the risk of a mechanical failure, such as burned wiring or pipework, is no mean feat.

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