Motorsports is one of the most grueling test beds for new concepts, designs and engineering, much of it trickling down to production vehicles at some point. The level of attention-to-detail and dedication shown by the team in a short timeframe is impressive. Many consider Formula 1 to be the zenith of motorsports technology and sophistication. In this video from Infiniti on its YouTube channel, the brand gives us a glimpse of what goes into making its F1 race cars.
In the first part of a four-part series, Infiniti shows us some of the development work that goes on at its F1 research and development center in Milton Keynes, England, about 54 miles northwest of London. The biggest shocker is the compressed race car development schedule of only 5 months, compared to the three to five year development process for a new road-going production car. A dedicated team of 300 aerodynamicists and machinists hunker down in that short timeframe to share resources and learnings to apply to the new car.
A 60-percent scale model is taken to the wind tunnel for testing, and data collected from both wind tunnel testing and computational fluid dynamics (CFL) are incorporated into the final design of the F1 car. But just because the initial design is finished doesn’t mean the work is over for the team. During the course of a Formula 1 race season, numerous running changes are made to improve aerodynamics and performance of the car, and as many as 30,000 design changes were made last race season. Check out the video below and see what goes in to making an Infiniti F1 car!