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vivekpm
01. An F1 car is made up of 80,000 components, if it
were assembled 99.9% correctly, it would still start
the race with 80 things wrong!

02. Formula 1 cars have over a kilometre of cable,
linked to about 100 sensors and actuators which
monitor and control many parts of the car.

03. An F1 car can go from 0 to 160 kph AND back to 0
in FOUR seconds!!!!!!!

04. F1 car engines last only for about 2 hours of
racing mostly before blowing up on the other hand we
expect our engines to last us for a decent 20yrs on an
average and they quite faithfully DO....thats the
extent to which the engines r pushed to perform...

05. When an F1 driver hits the brakes on his car he
experiences retardation or deceleration comparable to
a regular car driving through a BRICK wall at 300kmph!

06. An average F1 driver looses about 4kgs of weight
after just one race due to the prolonged exposure to
high G forces and temperatures for little over an hour
(Yeah thats right!!!)

07. At 600 kg a F1 car is less than half the weight of
a Mini.

08. In an F1 car the engine typically revs upto 18000
rpm,(the piston travelling up and down 300 times a
second!!) wheres cars like the palio, maruti800,
indica rev only upto 6000 rpm at max. Thats 3 times
slower.

09. The brake discs in an F1 car have an operating
temperature of approx 1000 degees Centigrade and they
attain that temp while braking before almost every
turn...that is why they r not made of steel but of
carbon fibre which is much more harder and resistant
to wear and tear and most of all has a higher melting
point.

10. If a water hose were to blow off, the complete
cooling system would empty in just over a second.

11. Gear cogs or ratios are used only for one race,
and are replaced regularly to prevent failure, as they
are subjected to very high degrees of stress.

12. The fit in the cockpit is so tight that the
steering wheel must be removed for the driver to get
in or out of the car. A small latch behind the wheel
releases it from the column. Levers or paddles for
changing gear are located on the back of the wheel. So
no gearstick! The clutch levers are also on the
steering wheel, located below the gear paddles.

13. To give you an idea of just how important
aerodynamic design and added downforce can be, small
planes can take off at slower speeds than F1 cars
travel on the track.

14. Without aerodynamic downforce, high-performance
racing cars have sufficient power to produce wheel
spin and loss of control at 160 kph. They usually race
at over 300 kph.

15. The amount of aerodynamic downforce produced by
the front and rear wings and the car underbody is
amazing. Once the car is travelling over 160 kph, an
F1 car can generate enough downforce to equal it's
own weight. That means it could actually hold itself
to the CEILING of a tunnel and drive UPSIDE down!

16. In a street course race like the monaco grand
prix, the downforce provides enough suction to lift
manhole covers. Before the race all of the manhole
covers on the streets have to be welded down to
prevent
this from happening!

17. The refuelers used in F1 can supply 12 litres of
fuel per second. This means it would take just 4
seconds to fill the tank of an average 50 litre family
car.They use the same refueling rigs used on US
military helicopters today.

18. TOP F1 pit crews can refuel and change tyres in
around 3 seconds.

19. Race car tyres don't have air in them like normal
car tyres. Most racing tyres have nitrogen in the
tyres because nitrogen has a more consistent pressure
compared to normal air. Air typically contains
varying amounts of water vapour in it, which affects
its expansion and contraction as a function of
temperature, making the tyre pressure unpredictable.

20. During the race the tyres lose weight! Each tyre
loses about 0.5 kg in weight due to wear.

21. Normal tyres last 60 000 - 100 000 km. Racing
tyres are designed to last 90 - 120 km (That's
Khandala and back).

22. A dry-weather F1 tyre reaches peak operating
performance (best grip) when tread temperature is
between 900C and 1200C.(Water boils at 100 C remember)
At top speed, F1 tyres rotate 50 times a
second.
YaarMere
I love F1!! We sud talk more on this sport. Football also.
vivekpm
QUOTE(YaarMere @ Jun 12 2005, 12:00 AM)
I love F1!! We sud talk more on this sport. Football also.
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Me too... Although this season I have not seen a single race sad1.gif.

Has anyone here seen F1 live, anywhere?

Cheers,

deghosh
Just chanced upon this thread. Awesome information. I am also a big F-1 fan though its a distant second to soccer. And yes I have seen the last two F-1s st Indianapolis. The less we talk about the this year's race the better. Though we are getting a full refund from Michelin and most likely free tickets to next year's race

Debashish
QUOTE(vivekpm @ Jun 17 2005, 11:14 PM)
QUOTE(YaarMere @ Jun 12 2005, 12:00 AM)
I love F1!! We sud talk more on this sport. Football also.
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Me too... Although this season I have not seen a single race sad1.gif.

Has anyone here seen F1 live, anywhere?

Cheers,
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vivekpm
QUOTE(deghosh @ Jul 22 2005, 09:07 PM)
Just chanced upon this thread. Awesome information. I am also a big F-1 fan though its a distant second to soccer. And yes I have seen the last two F-1s st Indianapolis. The less we talk about the this year's race the better. Though we are getting a full refund from Michelin and most likely free tickets to next year's race

Debashish
QUOTE(vivekpm @ Jun 17 2005, 11:14 PM)
QUOTE(YaarMere @ Jun 12 2005, 12:00 AM)
I love F1!! We sud talk more on this sport. Football also.
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Me too... Although this season I have not seen a single race sad1.gif.

Has anyone here seen F1 live, anywhere?

Cheers,
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Wow!!! You have seen F1 live. How was your experience? And yes less said about this year's Indianapolis race the better...

Cheers,
deghosh
It was a mindblowing experience last year. Ralf had a scary accident just infront of our stands last year but other than that it was indeed ethereal. We were there for both the days, the time trials on Saturday and the actual race on Sunday. And unlike most other spectator sports in the USA this is such an international sport with so many different kinds of people waving all those different flags and speaking different languages it was an experience like no other. We were waving our Indian flag last year with not a care in the world..... this time it made all the more sense. You would be surprised how many indians I saw in the stands....And to top it all a rocking party with old friends at Purdue the nite before the race, I could not ask for anything more...One of my best live sporting experiences ever, right up there with seeing Sachin bowl that last over in Kolkata against South Africa in the Hero Cup semi finals in 1993
vivekpm
QUOTE(deghosh @ Jul 23 2005, 12:25 AM)
It was a mindblowing experience last year. Ralf had a scary accident just infront of our stands last year but other than that it was indeed ethereal.  We were there for both the days, the time trials on Saturday and the actual race on Sunday.  And unlike most other spectator sports in the USA this is such an international sport with so many different kinds of people waving all those different flags and speaking different languages it was an experience like no other. We were waving our Indian flag last year with not a care in the world..... this time it made all the more sense. You would be surprised how many indians I saw in the stands....And to top it all a rocking party with old friends at Purdue the nite before the race, I could not ask for anything more...One of my best live sporting experiences ever, right up there with seeing Sachin bowl that last over in Kolkata against South Africa in the Hero Cup semi finals in 1993
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Now you are forcing me to envy you... In a way Indianapolis this year was good for Narain smile1.gif

Cheers,
deghosh
Jordan sucks. Its to Narain's credit that he had taken up this challenge and signed up with them. I think he felt it would be a foot in the door in the cut-throat world of F-1 racing. But he's even losing to the other guy from Jordan, so I think he would find it diificult to win a shirt next year, unless ofcourse things drastically improve with him.
And BTW - I am envious of you being a trusted member tongue.gif
QUOTE(vivekpm @ Jul 23 2005, 12:34 AM)
QUOTE(deghosh @ Jul 23 2005, 12:25 AM)
It was a mindblowing experience last year. Ralf had a scary accident just infront of our stands last year but other than that it was indeed ethereal.  We were there for both the days, the time trials on Saturday and the actual race on Sunday.  And unlike most other spectator sports in the USA this is such an international sport with so many different kinds of people waving all those different flags and speaking different languages it was an experience like no other. We were waving our Indian flag last year with not a care in the world..... this time it made all the more sense. You would be surprised how many indians I saw in the stands....And to top it all a rocking party with old friends at Purdue the nite before the race, I could not ask for anything more...One of my best live sporting experiences ever, right up there with seeing Sachin bowl that last over in Kolkata against South Africa in the Hero Cup semi finals in 1993
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Now you are forcing me to envy you... In a way Indianapolis this year was good for Narain smile1.gif

Cheers,
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vivekpm
Yes Narain will have tough time next season unless he does some miracle which looks improbable.

About being "trusted", I would say "Sabra ka phal meetha hota hai" smile1.gif

Enjoy your time here,
Vivek...
deghosh
Vivek,
I am in this boards long enuf to let these things worry me smile1.gif. I just wanted to make a funny riposte. That's it
Debashish
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