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Old 31st March 2005, 23:28   #1
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hey guys
sorry to bore you with this long post but this is for F 1 fans incase they dont already know this.


01. An F1 car is made up of 80,000 components, if it
were assembled 99.9% correctly, it would still start
the race with 80 things wrong!



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
hi gh 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!!) wheres cars like the palio, maruti 800,
indica rev only upto 6000 rpm at max. Thats 3 times
slower.



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. They 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 o
wn 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 contract ion 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.



i am not sure about the exact source.was cleaning out old files from my comp and came across this i think its from aan e mail or something
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Old 31st March 2005, 23:51   #2
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thats some real good facts.
however the "03" point is too good to be true.
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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...
Now they have to last for two races
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yeah heard about something like that too.and not to sure but the same tyres have to be used for qualifying and the race as well.correct me if im wrong
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well... i would like to add a few more fact to this,

1)when an F1 driver or any race car driver for that matter is taking a corner (let it be any corner) his breathing stops till he exists the corner. So all the while when he is takin a corner HE DOESNT BREATHE AT ALL...!!

2) Trulli attaches about 40Kgs of weight on both sides of this helmet and then tries to lift that weight with his neck muscles to make them stronger.

3) Its a part of Schumi's contract that he had got a final decision as to who the second driver to him will be...!!! So tomorrow if he doesnt want rubens to be the second driver, ferrari cant keep rubens.

4) If after winning the race, the driver has tears rolling down his cheeks outta joy, and suppose he is doing about 120Kph...... if he hits the brakes hard... then the tears will splash on to his helmet coz of the inertia...!!

5) There is no prize money for even winning an F1 race...!! So u spend billions of dollars to race on a weekend... and if u happen to win the race, u dont get any money!!

6) And yeah, most of the drivers drive their own cars back to the hotel after the race is over.....

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cool facts guys...just awesome!!!
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those are some amazing facts bro , thanks a ton for sharing them !

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An F1 car can go from 0 to 160 kph AND back to 0
in FOUR seconds !!!!!!!
It was 6.6 seconds four years back, it could've improved by now but its highly unlikely.

Quote:
TOP F1 pit crews can refuel and change tyres in
around 3 seconds.
This is very much doubtful. Fuel enters the tank at 12 liters/sec. So they'd need approx four seconds to fill the whole tank. Point 17 says this itself:

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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.
Quote:
An average F1 driver looses about 4kgs of weight
after just one race due to the prolonged exposure to
hi gh G forces and temperatures for little over an
hour (Yeah thats right!!!)
well thats wrong, its average 2kgs!

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No dude, it is 4Kgs., i remember loosing 3 Kgs in an endurance gokarting race which was for 4 hours...! Now this is a 30Hp Kart and that a 900Hp car!!

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Hasn't this info been posted here already?? I distinctly remember reading it. BTW, i think this thread would be better suited in the Motorsports section.
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This is very much doubtful. Fuel enters the tank at 12 liters/sec. So they'd need approx four seconds to fill the whole tank. Point 17 says this itself:
Point #17 talks about a 50 liter tank of a "family car".
I believe F1 cars have a tank ranging roughly between 120 - 220 Liters (ofcourse, depending on regulations each year)

However, refuelling is limited to 12.1L/sec due to safety reasons.

And incase anyone is wondering....F1 cars give an average of about 1.5 - 2 Km/liter.

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18. TOP F1 pit crews can refuel and change tyres in around 3 seconds
I doubt this... i remember reading about this somewhere as 6-7seconds.
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Cool facts buddy.
But i really dont think that 3 sec is possible.
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revving facts revtech
dunno which ones are right but 3 sec is far too less
also what about the engine having to last for 2 races now

i think the facts you posted are little old not but then
still knowledge gained

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hi rev
ur f1 facts r really cool . got some more interestin pics or info . lookin ahead 4 them
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