Thursday, 8 September 2011

Do you like F1 - This is for you

The cars used in F1 championships arequite different from usual cars. Just go through these interesting facts onthese cars and you will know how different both the versions are.

·         Approximate80,000 components come together to make an F1 car. The cars have to beassembled with cent per cent accuracy. If it were assembled 99.9% correctly, itwould go on the track with 80 components wrongly placed.

·         F1 carengines complete their life in about two hours of racing. Just compare thiswith normal engines which go on serving us faithfully for decent 20 years.

·         Whenan F1 driver puts brakes on his car he experiences huge retardation ordeceleration. It could be compared to a regular car driving through a brickwall at the speed of 300kmph.

·         An F1engine usually revs up to 18000 rpm. This means that the piston travels up anddown 300 times a second. Road car engines rev up to 6000 rpm at max.

·         Thebrake discs in an F1 car have to withstand the operating temperature of approximately1000 degrees Centigrade. They are made of carbon fibre which is much harderthan steel and has a higher melting point.

·         Thecars have more than a kilometer of cable linked to about 100 sensors andactuators which monitor and control the car.

·         An F1car can accelerate from 0 to 160 kph and decelerate back to 0 in just fourseconds.

·         An F1car weighs around 550 kg.

·         Gearcogs or ratios are replaced after each race for they have to resist highdegrees of stress.

·         Gearlevers are located on the back of the wheel. The clutch levers are locatedbelow the gear paddles.

·         Mostracing cars have their tyres filled with nitrogen. The reason being nitrogenhas a more consistent pressure compared to normal air.

·         Roadcar tyres can last 60 000 to 100 000 km. On the other hand, racing tyres aredesigned to last only 90 to 120 km.

·         Thetyres lose weight during the race. In a GP each tyre loses about 0.5kg inweight due to wear.

·         Thecars can be refueled at 12 liters per second. The rig used would take just 4seconds to fill the tank of an average road car.

·         Pitstop crews take only 3 seconds to refuel and change tyres.



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