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Ever wondered how Formula 1 tyres and exhausts work?

Are you crazy about Formula One? If this sport is your favourite, then you have probably wondered how these cars can perform so spectacularly well no matter what the conditions are? In this blog, we are going to try and explain it, as we look into Formula 1 tyres and exhausts.

Your average Formula One car is a technical masterpiece with thousands upon thousands of hugely important parts. However, a lot of people forget that the tyres are perhaps the car's single biggest performance variable. Formula One teams invest a huge amount in finding the right car to tyre balance, and finding this balance is hugely important as all cars now use a single tyre manufacturer.

Your average Formula One tyre is constructed to last 200 kilometres at best, and is constructed to be as light yet durable as possible. They are able to withstand vastly bigger pressures than your average car's tyre, with up to a ton of downforce able to be sustained.

Exhausts have been a bone of contention in Formula One circles, and new rules will mean manufacturers will have to change their exhausts completely ahead of the 2012 season. Most teams have been using the gases emitted from their exhausts to enhance downforce. However, this is to be outlawed by the sport's governing body the FIA.

So, from 2012, cars will have to have their exhausts exiting at a higher level, meaning a redesign to Formula One cars will be coming. As this proves, if there is one thing the F1 world loves, it is a good row about technology!

 

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