A formula 1 sports car is an automobile with a high power-to-weight ratio and low aerodynamic drag. It has a nearly flat bottom, and is designed to produce maximum downforce when cornering at speed. The term formula 1 refers to the class of vehicles, rather than an exact definition. A wide variety of cars can be described in this way, some open wheeled two-seaters and some single-seaters with high power outputs, as well as series production roadsters like the Ferrari FXX.
Before there were formula 1 cars, there was racing. Formula cars have been around for a long time. A good description of them would be “cars designed for very fast driving.” They are made for competitors who want to win races; their goal is not the fastest lap times but the highest speeds. Formula cars are often built around racing engines and drive trains, in order to maximize power at the expense of weight and drag.
The first constant-speed, closed-wheel race car was built by David Murray in 1885: it had no seats, no windshield wipers, nothing but a steering wheel and pedals. By 1900 there were already cars that looked like modern formula cars – open wheeled two seater racers with near flat bottoms
Formula 1 is a professional racing series. The practice of racing cars is a sport in its own right, which 30 years ago was known as Le Mans. And the “formula” refers to the mathematical rules governing how cars should behave on the track.
The concept of formula 1 car was invented by a German mathematician, Karl Benz, in 1878. The first race was won by a French driver, Joseph Marot-Danet. The following year he took the overall victory at the Paris circuit driving his own car, which he had built from scratch over several months and had named after himself: it was Mariot-Danet ‘s “Marion-Deux-Cycles”.
In 1886 Henri Fournier constructed his own car for use in the Paris-Madrid race, and achieved an overall victory with it two years later. During his career he never used more than two wheels; these days he would be considered a bicycle racer.
The best driver in the world is Lewis Hamilton. He won the last two world championships. But he has a dramatic secret weapon: a little car called the McLaren MP4-24. It’s not as fast as the cars that are winning races, but it’s much faster than anything else Formula 1 drivers can drive.
The secret of its speed is that the MP4-24 is designed to be so light that it can make good use of road racing technology, while an ordinary Formula 1 car would be too heavy to handle road-racing technology. The MP4-24 is like a special kind of aircraft, with wings and tires and everything, but with wheels instead of wings. It has excellent aerodynamics, and its wheels provide traction for cornering**
Formula 1 is a racing series that began in 1950. It is the most popular form of motorsport, with a worldwide television audience of about one billion people.
The races are held over several days in different cities around the world, and there are four classes of cars: formula one, formula two, formula three, and formula four.
The rules for each class are designed to make it as easy as possible for drivers to win. The goal is to have drivers who can drive fast enough so that they don’t have to race side by side with anyone else: they can just run away from them.
Every formula one car is the same shape and size—the same length wide and deep—and the same weight. Each has an engine the same size and shape, with a cylinder head, a block of aluminum alloy, pistons that fit into it, a crankshaft that fits into the block with four connecting rods, and a clutch assembly at the end of each connecting rod that connects part of the crankshaft to part of the flywheel. There are six gears on the transmission and nine gears on the rear axle. The rules say how big all these things must be: no more or less than . . . .
Anybody who wants to understand the Formula 1 grand prix should read this book. But it is also really good for helping you understand how a Formula 1 car works and what it feels like to drive one.
Formula 1 cars are complex machines, some of them more than 1,000 times as complicated as the average car. The difference is that in a typical car, most of the parts are interchangeable and many are not made by the same people every year. There is no such thing as a “F1 engine.” The engines come from all over, but they all have one thing in common: they are extremely light and incredibly strong. They are a kind of super-lightweight alloy called titanium.
Titanium is a metal that was discovered in 1824 by the Swedish chemist Abraham Gottlob Werner and named after him because it was discovered at Tjurköping, Sweden, where he worked. Titanium was used widely until about 1950 when the commercial availability of titanium began to decline and demand increased due to its use in aircraft and space programs.
Formula 1 is one of the most famous car races in the world. The drivers earn a lot of money, but they spend much of it on engines and tires and so on, which eventually get replaced. The cars have an average lifespan of around seven years, which can be measured in decades. So Formula 1 drivers are racing for low pay and low returns.
As a young man, I had a secret ambition to become an F1 driver. I thought that if I became very good at driving F1 cars, I’d earn enough money to live like a king for the rest of my life. Unlike other professional athletes, Formula 1 is not allowed to have any sponsors or investors. And because there’s no way to know in advance who is going to win,Formula 1 drivers are always at risk of being fired from racing if they don’t perform well enough.
I didn’t make it as an F1 driver because I was too slow and too accident-prone. But looking back on this experience now, it seems that another side effect of the lack of sponsorship is that it forces you to become very good at something else: being fast and surviving accidents.