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3 Formula 1 innovations you can find in your car

Did you know that F1 is responsible for many gadgets that you have now in your vehicle? As the majority of their investment goes to R&D, this does not come as a surprise, actually.  Today, we want to share with you three of those innovations.


Carbon Fiber Monocoque Chassis

carbon monocoque

Carbon Fiber Monocoque

Nowadays nobody can imagine a sports car without a carbon fiber monocoque but, not everyone knows that it was incorporated for the first time  in a F1 vehicle 35 years ago.

Monocoque guarantees the safety of the driver in extreme situations. This carbon fiber safety cell is almost indestructible and plays a key role in the safety of Formula 1.


The following image shows its evolution over the years.

Monocoque evolution

Monocoque evolution

In the early 2000s Ferrari started coating the inside of its F1 engines with a type of carbon designed to reduce friction, which meant the engine did not have to do much effort. The Ferrari 458 from 2010 has that  same technology.

Now, we can find it in many different vehicles: the new BMW i3 uses a carbon fiber monocoque chassis. McLaren’s new 650S has also incorporated a lot of things from F1 including its aerodynamics.


Active suspension

Williams FW14B Active Suspension 1993

Williams FW14B Active Suspension 1993

Active suspension advances also came from F1.

In 1992 the Williams F1 team developed an active suspension system that was unrivaled before it was outlawed for being too dominant.

The car was able to balance itself through a corner so the driver didn’t have to.


By 1993 it was clear that active suspension was essential and almost every team had their own version of the technology.



Turbocharged engines

Turbo engines were introduced for the first time in F1 in the 1977 season. Renault re-entered Formula 1 with the turbo RS01, driven by Jean-Pierre Jabouille.

New F1 Turbocharged Engine

New F1 Turbocharged Engine

But…The turbo Era really began in 1983, when Piquet won his second World Championship by two point with a turbocharged BMW power plant.

Now F1 currently use 1.6 liter four-stroke turbocharged 90 degree V6 reciprocating engines, producing around 700-800 horsepower in total.

This is significant as nearly all road cars are moving towards turbocharged engines.

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