It’s the first part of an F1 car to cross the finishing line and, without it, we’d struggle to identify even our favourite teams. But is paint really that important in a 200mph sport?
Well, it turns out the paint an F1 team uses can have a marked effect on performance, though perhaps not in the way you might first think. That’s why millions of pounds are invested
to make paint that can give F1 teams an edge, even if that’s just a couple of
thousandths of a second a lap.
What is it made of?
Obviously, this isn’t just some paint the team found in a shed. Experts have to ensure that the paint is suitable for
covering a wide variety of surfaces that are found on an F1 car, including carbon fibre and aluminium.
First up is three litres of primer. This forms a barrier
between the paint and the surface of the car, and helps the paint adhere more
effectively. It also helps smooth out some of the tiny pits in the carbon
Once this is dry, paint technicians carefully spray on two litres of coloured base coat.
Next comes the detail work, which is airbrushed manually on to
the chassis. Steady hands are a must in this job.
Finally, three litres of gloss lacquer are applied to make
the whole thing shine.
The intricate and precise process (including sanding, priming and painting) takes approximately 96
hours of work.
In order to maintain maximum quality, this process is often performed before every race. The paint is applied and removed by hand –
it is literally scraped off, very carefully, as chemical paint-strippers would
damage the carbon fibre bodywork.
F1 cars must weigh at least 702kg, including the driver, but the heavier
they are, the less competitive they are, so they are built as close to
that 702kg figure as possible, including paint.
An F1 car can have more than eight square metres of paint. Equal to six to ten litres of product including primer, base coat and lacquer.
It follows that, if your paint weighs less, you can put other stuff in the car to improve its performance and make it stronger.
So paint manufacturers work hard to create coverings that are light and can be applied in incredibly thin layers. The base coat on the current McLaren, for example, is 0.03mm thick – half the thickness of a human hair.
There’s been a lot of debate about this in 2016, since Red Bull unveiled its matte-finish car.
There was a suspicion that Red Bull was gaining some aero advantage because of tiny pits and bumps in the matte coating of their cars, which could affect the way air travelled over the machine, and – so the theories went – either lower drag or increase downforce.
According to Italian specialists Nanoprom,
the matte finish is lighter (as there is no glossy over-layer applied) and also
allows the car to pass through the air more quickly. The difference may be
measured in tens of thousandths of a second but, in F1, even the tiniest
improvement is significant.
Dimples on a surface certainly affect airflow but whether the dimples in paint can make a measurable difference to an F1 car’s performance, it’s hard to say.
What we can say with confidence is that, in a sport where the margin between success and failure can be measured in thousandths of a second, teams will certainly be looking at the impact different paints have on speed.
Ideally, you want your paint to repel water and dirt, which can
interfere with a car’s aerodynamic performance. In particular, anything
which discourages grime and rubber from sticking to delicate aerodynamic
elements will give you an advantage as a race progresses. So non-sticky
paint is what teams want.
Sponsors like their logos to leap off F1 cars and there’s no doubt that a matte finish can make a logo ‘pop’ off the car on TV and in photographs.
Happy sponsors means more money to invest in your cars and make them faster. That’s why F1 teams spend a huge amount of time designing and testing their liveries. Computer simulations are used to check how a car will look against different backgrounds, under different lighting, on TV and online.
Colour schemes are checked and re-checked thoroughly, long before any paint is actually applied to car parts.
At night races, some teams have even looked at using luminous materials to give a little extra visual kick to their cars.
And if you think keeping sponsors happy doesn’t make cars go faster, check out where F1’s most impoverished teams finish in race after race.
This is where the paint on an F1 car can really make a difference. When a team is building new parts, which happens all the time, time is of the essence.
If your paint dries more quickly, it can make all the difference between having a new front wing ready for the next race or not. Teams will ‘flash off’ the paint finishes under infra-red lights to cut the drying time from six hours to one.
Paint, then, is far more than an afterthought on an F1 car – every
element of these machines is optimised for track speed and the paint
isn’t there just to make everything look pretty – it’s there to help the
car and driver win.
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CURSE: Your mind goes 200mph and often has a lot of uncompleted ideas or concepts. You may find it hard to cohesively put your thoughts together. You tend to overthink an issue, which makes it hard for you to make decisions. Your mind plays trick on you also, liking or wanting something one minute and then hating it the next.
Dendrobium: The 1000bhp Electric Hypercar by Williams
The Dendrobium is Singapore’s first hypercar, with an electric powertrain packing over 1000bhp, and the promise of 0-60mph in 2.7 seconds and a top speed of over 200mph. It’s a concept for now – the brainchild of Singapore electric mobility experts Vanda Electrics – but the project has been brought from the design stage to reality by Williams Advanced Engineering. And if there’s enough interest following its unveiling at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, it’ll be on sale by 2020 with a million-pound price tag.
AU where Nohrfam are a motorcycle gang bc they’re all mounts in canon but anyway
Imagine Ryoma hanging on to dear life on Xander’s waist bc Xander speeds like fuck doing 120mph on highways
Imagine the bridge is broken, idk somebody blew it up? anyway there’s some gap in the road and Ryoma’s like “oh no Xander you don’t” and Xander just, revvs it up to 200mph and NYOOMS the shit over and Ryoma screams all the way through
because you can’t tell me that Xander, man who jumped his horse down a cliff, would not speed a motorcycle
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Date of birth: ??? Place of birth: ??? Current residence: In the mountain forestry of mobius, near the sea Misc. attributes: He’s asexual and can reproduce via Parthenogenesis
Dating or married partner(s): Close friends: Friends: Allies: Lysunan Neutral(optional): Rivals: Arch-rival: Enemies: Arch-nemesis:
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You look next to the long haired guy next to you. You’ve suggested that the both of you go out drinking, and now you’re both at the bar. What could possibly go wrong?
Junghan looks towards you.
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“One warm tequila on the rocks please.” You say.
“Okay.” Junghan says with a grin. “Two warm tequilas on the rocks please. Also add a shot of vodka in mine.” He asks the bartender.
The bartender nods and turns around to do his bartendering.
“So… How much will you be drinking tonight?” Junghan asks with a sly wink.
“Oh…” You blush, “Only a little…”
Just then, a tush of brown hair catches your eye.
“It can’t be!” You gasp out loud.
“What is it?!” Junghan asks surprised.
Hong Jisoo is running 200mph towards you and Junghan.
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“What’s wrong?” Junghan asked worried.
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Thoughts on the “regulate guns like cars” argument.
Lately, I think I’ve found the main reason why the comparison of driver’s licenses and gun restrictions makes no sense to me.
If I have a driver’s license, I can have pretty much any kind of vehicle I want (and can afford). While the speed limit may prohibit me from going over 70 MPH, I can still own a Bugatti Veyron capable of going over 200 MPH. I’m not allowed to drive it at 200mph (except maybe at a race track), but I’m not required to make it incapable of going that fast, and as long as I keep it under the speed limit, the law has no problems with me.
If we’re applying the same logic to guns, once I get a gun permit I should be allowed to own and wield a Dillon Aero minigun capable of firing 3000 rounds a minute; so long as I never shoot more than 10 a minute out of it (except maybe at a firing range), the law should have no problems with me.
But that’s clearly not what proponents of this argument are aiming for; the goal is evidently to prohibit me from owning that minigun at all, stating that I “don’t need it” and that it’s “inherently dangerous,” despite the fact that having no need for that extra 130 MPH and the inherent danger of flinging 1.5 tons of carbon fiber and aluminum around at Mach 0.25 begets no such response.
Faraday Future FFZERO1, 2016. The startup electric car maker’s first concept vehicle has just been unveiled at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. With a four motors, the FFZERO1 is claimed to have over 745kW (1000hp). The carbonfibre-intensive car is said to have a 0-60mph time of under three seconds and a top speed in excess of 200mph.