Early in the twentieth century, Formula One racing was born, and over the years, it has grown to be one of the most popular sports in the world. It appeals to millions of fans, attracts a huge sponsorship, and creates champions who are as admired as celebrity stars.
Why? Because Formula One racing satisfies a deep human desire to see how far we can go and push technology to its limits and to enjoy that, even if through the driver, the rush of excitement and adventure of high-speed travel.
Also called F1 in short, Formula One is the most professional motor racing contest in the world. The name ‘Formula’ itself comes from the set of rules that the participating cars and drivers must follow.
F1 Car Design
A modern-day Formula One car is a force of high tech. It is an open-wheel, open-cockpit, single-seat racing car. It is equipped with two wings (front and rear) plus an engine, which is located behind the driver.
The cars themselves are made from carbon fiber and ultra-lightweight components. The weight must be not less than 702 kg or 1548 lbs, including the driver and tires, but excluding the fuel.
All F1 cars can accelerate from 0 to 100 mph and decelerate back to 0 in under 5 seconds. And these cars are known to have reached top speeds of about 300 kmph.
Did we mention F1 cars have wings?
Well, because of the intense and extreme speed the car is being driven at, wings are included, and they operate on the same principles as airplane wings, except in reverse. Airplane wings create lift, but the wings on a Formula One car produce downforce, which holds the car onto the track, especially during high speed cornering.