THE USES OF COMPOSITE MATERIALS IN THE DESIGN AND MANUFACTURE OF FORMULA 1 RACING CARS

In recent years a new application for advanced carbon fibre reinforced epoxy resin composite materials has been in the construction of load-bearing components for Formula 1 racing cars. Their use has been progressively extended and they currently comprise a major part of the vehicle assembly for all competing Formula 1 designs. Here the experiences gained with these materials at Williams Grand Prix Engineering are described. The initial interest in this technology was for optimization of structural efficiency. A wide range of component design criteria are covered and advantages have also been found in the areas of strength, impact performance, geometric accuracy and speed of manufacture. (Author/TRRL)

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 41-8
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 204
    • Issue Number: D1

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00612488
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 31 1991 12:00AM