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Why F1 cars have all gone size-zero

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Why F1 cars have all gone size-zero
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Feb 27, 2019, 5:47 PM

When the V6 turbo hybrid engines were first introduced in 2014 the cars had to go up a size or two to accommodate them and cope with their cooling demands. That's changed over the years and the class of 2019 is slimmer than ever

One day we'll all live in a world where smartphones and tablets will be as thick as a sheet of paper. With the rise of nanotechnology in the electronics sector, components now are so tiny you can't see them with the naked eye - sending heavy, unwieldy consumer products to their deaths.

In a largely mechanical sense, Formula 1 has followed a similar path. Designers and engineers alike are joined in pushing current technology to its limits, making components smaller, lighter and more powerful. Over the past 20 years F1 cars have become increasingly shrink-wrapped, especially around the engine cover, as the internal components are arranged with the same intricacy as a Swiss watch.

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Series Formula 1
Author Jake Boxall-Legge