Formula 1 engineers are as competitive as drivers. In this competitive environment, they continue to develop new technologies and seek the secret of powerful engines to be the winner. However, some F1 teams have developed technologies that transcend boundaries by pushing their chances too much.
Today, we look closely at those technologies that are banned from traffic and runways. The cars on the Formula 1 circuit are claimed to be at the top of the race technique, but every clever idea is often at risk of being banned. When you examine the history of F1, you will see that there are many of these prohibited technologies. The ideas put forward for the sake of winning the race sometimes stretch the rules and sometimes just ignore the rules. Some of these ideas were victims of rival teams, while others were completely holes.
Most of the technologies we’re going to list here are no longer used by Formula 1 rules, but some have the potential to drive even everyday cars to race car performance.
Brabham BT46B âr Wind Engine ”
Race cars rely on the airflow that pushes them downwards to produce higher thrust without leaving the track. There are two ways to achieve this: to direct the airflow with the wings placed on the vehicle or to create a low-pressure zone so that it can travel on a rail (this option gives you better performance).
In 1978, the British Formula 1 team Brabham introduced the BT46B design, which added a wind turbine to its engine. However, F1 was banned by the year it started driving.
Six Wheel Vehicles:
Designer Derek Gardner thought that adding more wheels in a smaller size would improve performance. His design, the Tyrrell P34, had a pair of normal-sized tires at the rear, with four 10-inch tires on the front. Unfortunately, Gardner’s design wasn’t successful and he only won one race in two terms.
Active suspension, which automatically adjusts the settings in response to curves and sudden changes on the road surface, is common in vehicles we use in daily life today. But you can’t see it on F1 vehicles.
Like active suspension, traction control is a technology that has become common in modern road cars but is no longer used in F1 vehicles. Traction control uses electronic sensors to monitor wheel movements and intervenes to prevent the wheels from completely losing grip. It can be a lifeguard on a slippery track, it can also be a useful advantage on a race track.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, you couldn’t have a winning F1 car without ground effect. This is a phenomenon in wing design in vehicles, where air flowing around a wing close to the ground creates extra gravity. Some F1 teams, especially Lotus, have discovered that the ground effect can generate more compressive force with minimal friction.
F1 teams are working hard to maximize every aspect of the vehicles, including fuel that powers the vehicle.
McLaren “Brake Steering”
In the late 1990s, McLaren decided that the two brake pedals were better than one. In 1997, the McLaren MP4 / 12 had a second brake pedal that controlled the brake for the rear wheels only. This “brake steering” system was designed to help cars turn corners more easily.
The design of modern F1 vehicles is all about aerodynamics. This is why F1 teams present their vehicles with ornaments similar to carbon fiber Chihuly sculptures or produce flaps for short.
It’s hard to imagine that a race car uses a ever-changing transmission (CVT). CVTs use belts instead of gears that improve fuel economy and provide smoother acceleration. However, at least in today’s vehicles, CVTs are often used to reduce noise. Nevertheless, in the 1990s, one of the biggest F1 teams tried to use CVT as a secret weapon.
Lotus 88 “Twin Chasis”
The most famous goal of Lotus’s founder Colin Chapman was to “simplify and reduce weight”. But Chapman seems to have done exactly the opposite in designing the Lotus 88. The vehicle had two chassis (one inside the other), not one.
Apart from these banned technologies developed for Formula 1, today I have many sites that have been part of our daily lives. Most of these systems are developed thanks to the engineering F1 vehicles