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Old 16th March 2004, 02:30   #1
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came across this sometime back..
this is how precise u have to be with braking in F1..

at monza.. coming down the main straight ( 360 kmph ) and braking into the 1st corner ( 60 kmph ) if a driver misses his braking point by 10 mts. he overshoots the turn..

at 360kmph that translates into 0.2 sec. !
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Old 16th March 2004, 12:10   #2
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Wow those are some stats. To the point driving is what F1 is all about. The minute details matter a lot.
Do post some more info on this if you come across any

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Old 17th March 2004, 23:47   #3
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another one..
at Sepang.. which is probably the hottest/most humid race of the year.. drivers lose between 3.5 - 4 Ltrs in sweat !
temp. in the cockpit can be over 50 degrees C !

imagine how fit these guys are.. hats off to them
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Woo Hatari so hot eh and I'm leaving for Sepang on Friday

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It's also said that an F1 car can do (0-150-0)kmph in under 5 secs.

F1 cars are known to take corners at as much as 4 Gs. Most supercars lose traction at around 1 G.

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Hey guys,

Here are some more factoids i got in an email fwd, some interesting ones! -

01. An F1 car is made up of 80,000 components, if it were assembled 99.9% correctly.

02. Formula 1 cars have over a kilometre of cable, linked to about 100 sensors and actuators which monitor and control many parts of the car.

03. An F1 car can go from 0 to 160 kph AND back to 0 in FOUR seconds !!!!!!!

04. F1 car engines last only for about 2 hours of racing mostly before blowing up on the other hand we expect our engines to last us for a decent 20yrs on an average and they quite faithfully DO....thats the extent to which the engines r pushed to perform...

05. When an F1 driver hits the brakes on his car he experiences retardation or deceleration comparable to a regular car driving through a BRICK wall at 300kmph !!!

06. An average F1 driver looses about 4kgs of weight after just one race due to the prolonged exposure to high G forces and temperatures for little over an hour (Yeah thats right!!!)

07. At 550kg a F1 car is less than half the weight of a Mini.

08. In an F1 car the engine typically revs upto 18000 rpm,(the piston travelling up and down 300 times a second!!)

09. The brake discs in an F1 car have an operating temperature of approx 1000 degees Centigrade and they attain that temp while braking before almost every turn...that is why they r not made of steel but of carbon fibre which is much more harder and resistant to wear and tear and most of all has a higher melting point.

10. If a water hose were to blow off, the complete cooling system would empty in just over a second.

11. Gear cogs or ratios are used only for one race, and are replaced regularly to prevent failure, as they are subjected to very high degrees of stress.

12. The fit in the cockpit is so tight that the steering wheel must be removed for the driver to get in or out of the car. A small latch behind the wheel releases it from the column. Levers or paddles for changing gear are located on the back of the wheel. So no gearstick! The clutch levers are also on the steering wheel, located below the gear paddles.

13. To give you an idea of just how important aerodynamic design and added downforce can be, small planes can take off at slower speeds than F1 cars travel on the track.

14. Without aerodynamic downforce, high-performance racing cars have sufficient power to produce wheel spin and loss of control at 160 kph. F1 cars usually race at over 300 kph.

15. The amount of aerodynamic downforce produced by the front and rear wings and the car underbody is amazing. Once the car is travelling over 160 kph, an F1 car can generate enough downforce to equal it's own weight. That means it could actually hold itself to the CEILING of a tunnel and drive UPSIDE down!

16. In a street course race like the monaco grand prix, the downforce provides enough suction to lift manhole covers. Before the race all of the manhole covers on the streets have to be welded down to prevent this from happening!

17. The refuelers used in F1 can supply 12 litres of fuel per second. This means it would take just 4 seconds to fill the tank of an average 50 litre family car.They use the same refueling rigs used on US military helicopters today.

18. TOP F1 pit crews can refuel and change tyres in around 3 seconds.

19. Race car tyres don't have air in them like normal car tyres. Most racing tyres have nitrogen in the tyres because nitrogen has a more consistent pressure compared to normal air. Air typically contains varying amounts of water vapour in it, which affects its expansion and contraction as a function of temperature, making the tyre pressure unpredictable.

20. During the race the tyres lose weight! Each tyre loses about 0.5 kg in weight due to wear.

21. Normal tyres last 60 000 - 100 000 km. Racing tyres are designed to last 90 - 120 km. (That's Khandala and back).

22. A dry-weather F1 tyre reaches peak operating performance (best grip) when tread temperature is between 900C and 1200C.(Water boils boils at 100C remember) At top speed, F1 tyres rotate 50 times a second.


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Old 30th May 2004, 10:39   #7
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WoW!
Technology at its super best. Good piece a info there Braw!

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Quote[/b] ]03. An F1 car can go from 0 to 160 kph AND back to 0 in FOUR seconds !!!!!!!
Looks like Shan2nu got some piece of his info from, way back in the early 60s..
(just kidding)..
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Would be nice for some track to impriment a 360 track where the cars atchually go upside down for a few seconds
Hyderabad anyone?
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Quote[/b] (S350L-E240 @ May 30 2004,11:14)]Would be nice for some track to impriment a 360 track where the cars atchually go upside down for a few seconds
Hyderabad anyone?
It would be interesting though to see an inverted F1 car.

But, i know two drivers who would not dare to do that at the present scenario-Kimi & DC.
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lol yes imagine the car's upside down and the engine smokes.. lol
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Quote[/b] (Hatari @ Mar. 16 2004,00:00)]came across this sometime back..
this is how precise u have to be with braking in F1..

at monza.. coming down the main straight ( 360 kmph ) and braking into the 1st corner ( 60 kmph ) if a driver misses his braking point by 10 mts. he overshoots the turn..

at 360kmph that translates into 0.2 sec. !
i didnt know F1 cars culd 360kph.
on which tracks is this possible?

and 360-60kph in .2 secs?? woww!!!!
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Old 2nd June 2004, 18:36   #12
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I doubt any track gives enough length for a 360 kph but F1 cars are definitely capable of 360. I think Indianapolis banking can host a 360 kph.
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Quote[/b] (Tom @ June 02 2004,17:04)]
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Quote[/b] (Hatari @ Mar. 16 2004,00:00)]this is how precise u have to be with braking in F1..

at monza.. coming down the main straight ( 360 kmph ) and braking into the 1st corner ( 60 kmph ) if a driver misses his braking point by 10 mts. he overshoots the turn..

at 360kmph that translates into 0.2 sec. !
and 360-60kph in .2 secs?? woww!!!!
Hey Tom,

What it says is that at 360km/h, 10meters is 0.2seconds.
Ie if you are 0.2seconds late for your braking point you have overshot it by 10meters.

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