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Copy of Formula 1 car tour
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The brakes on an F1 car are carbon ceramic discs which are designed to withstand over 2000 degrees fahrenheit.
Slowing down from 200 mph to 60 mph can occur in as little as 2 seconds at the Italian Grand Prix circuit of Monza.
Since an F1 car produces nearly the same amount of horsepower as a NASCAR engine and less than half the weight (only 640 kg!) it requires wings to keep it glued to the ground.
The theory is that anywhere between 100 and 150 mph an F1 car with full wing (maximum downforce) can successfully drive upside down. Even more terrifying is that on street circuits such as the famous Monaco Grand Prix, the manhole covers must be welded shut otherwise an F1 car will remove them because of the excessive downforce produced.
There are several variations of tires in F1 all of which have different characteristics such as high grip but low endurance, low grip high endurance, and even 2 types of wet weather tires.
According to regulations drivers must use both specified dry weather compounds (each race has a different combination) unless rain occurs during the race.
Pirelli is the current and exclusive manufacturer of tires for Formula 1.
Current wet weather tires (pending rainfall) are said to be able to move the equivalent of 1 olympic sized swimming pool in 1 lap of racing.
Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS)
It is a hybrid system that recovers energy lost from braking and turns it into an added boost.
Can be used for up to 6 seconds per lap and is controlled by the driver.
Aids in top speed for passing another car or defending your position from a challenger or for low range torque to help get the car up to speed following the exit of a turn.
Drag Reduction System (DRS)
At a pre-designated area on the track the driver may activate a movable flap on the rear wing while being within 1 second of the car in front.
This increases the likelyhood of overtaking on high speed straights.
It can grant an additional 10 mph to the top speed of all cars due to less drag from the rear wing.
Often times referred to as an "engine formula", it is the standard set of requirements to the physical nature of the engine.
Engine formulas have ranged from a 1.5 liter inline 4 to a 3 liter v10.
The current engine formula is a 2.4 liter v8 set at the lowest most central part of the car, behind the driver.
It produces about 800 horsepower, is naturally aspirated (no turbo or superchargers), and maxes revs at 18,000 rpm.
The next formula expected to debut in the 2014 season is a 1.6 liter v6, turbocharged, and has a rev limited at 12,000 rpm.
Very skilled drivers are needed to pilot an F1 car because of the extreme forces at play while driving.
Drivers can experience up to 5 times Earth's gravity while driving.
The strongest part of an F1 driver is their neck.
Drivers are sat very low in the car, they sit only a few inches above the track to keep the car's center of gravity low.
The steering wheel is detachable and has many controls on it which the driver can adjust during the race including the paddle shifters.
1 steering wheel can cost upwards of $12,000.
Weighing at 1.25 kg the F1 helmet can resist temperatures of 800 degrees C for 30 seconds and the interior will not exceed 70 degrees C in the process. The helmet can also a 55 ton hit and not be compromised.
Direct shift (has 2 clutches) gearbox delivers lightning fast gear changes because while 1 gear is engaged, the other clutch is preparing the next gear.
Only 4 gearboxes (transmissions) are allowed per driver per season.
The transmission is mounted in the rear of the car just in front of the rear axle.
Formula 1: What is it?
Formula 1 is the highest rank race for automobile sports
Formula One cars are the fastest multi-turn circuit-racing cars in the world
Formula One cars race at speeds of up to 350 km/h (220 mph)
Formula 1 racing originated from Europe
What You Need To Enter The Job?
Knowledge of cars
Education: so you can represent yourself since you are the product that is being sold
Determination: lots of obsticles to go through
Since there is no schooling involved, getting into this industry is tough... Its a lot of luck, volunteering and knowing the right people
$$$ you need money for your car, to pay for supplies, the actual race costs money to enter
Apprenticeship program: if it is offered this will help you break into the field
Volunteering: you can meet people who may take you under their wing
Knowledge of cars
Benefits of Being a Formula 1 Race Driver
Make a lot of money
Drive as fast as you want and not get a ticket (on the track)
There are a lot of drivers out there who want to be in this industry, since there is no schooling you have to stand up for yourself
You have to be smart: Major sponsors are now favoring better-educated, well-spoken drivers who can represent their products best.
Competition is very tense during a race the driver must be able to control allot of force at his body but not only that you must be able to communicate with your team
What the F1 Teams Spend on Drivers: 2013
THESE PRICES ARE IN EUROS: 1 EURO=$1.35 CANADIAN
1. Mercedes €31m
2. Ferrari €26m
3. Red Bull Racing €22m
4. McLaren-Mercedes €17.5m
5. Lotus F1 team €4m
6. Williams €1.6m
7. Sauber €1.2m
8. Force India €900,000
9. Scuderia Toro Rosso €800,000
10. Marussia €650,000
11. Caterham €300,000
1. Fernando Alonso Ferrari €20m
= Lewis Hamilton Mercedes €20m
3. Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes €16m
4. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing €12m
5. Nico Rosberg Mercedes €11m
6. Mark Webber Red Bull Racing €10m
7. Felipe Massa Ferrari €6m
8. Kimi RaikkonenLotus F1 Team €3m
9. Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes €1.5m
10. Romain GrosjeanLotus F1 Team €1m
= Pastor MaldonadoWilliams €1m
= Nico HulkenbergSauber €1m
13. Valtteri BottasWilliams €600,000
14. Jules BianchiMarussia €500,000
= Adrian Sutil Force India F1 €500,000
16. Paul di RestaForce India F1 €400,000
= Daniel RicciardoScuderia Toro Rosso€400,000
= Jean-Eric VergneScuderia Toro Rosso €400,000
19. Esteban GutierrezSauber €200,000
20. Charles Pic Caterham €150,000
= Giedo van der GardeCaterham €150,000
= Max Chilton Marussia €150,000