Speed demon

Speed demon

Formula One is the ultimate in speed, the premier class of racing since the first world championship was held in 1950. Capable of reaching speeds in excess of 350km per hour, it is a sport of thrill and danger. With a nine-month season covering five continents, the sport has spread well beyond its home in Europe—the focus for the last 12-13 years being on Asia. Later this month, India joins the world of Formula One racing with the subcontinent’s first grand prix to be staged at the Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida. Indulge takes a look at a Red Bull Racing car to see what makes the Formula One machines special.

The car

Cockpit

Once strapped into the car with all safety gear on, he must be able to remove the steering wheel and get out within five seconds, and then replace the steering within a further five seconds. The car’s survival cell structure, designed to protect the driver in the event of an accident, must extend at least 300mm beyond the driver’s feet, which must not be forward of the front-wheel centre line.

Brakes

Engine

Tyres

Suspension

Front, rear wings

Photographs: Ramesh Pathania/Mint

Note: This is a show car used by the Red Bull Racing team.

neil.r@livemint.com

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