Sauber cut an F1 car in half and reveal what’s inside

F1 technology

Sauber have produced an enlightening video which shows how the internals of an F1 car are laid out.

The team split a 2008 BMW Sauber F1.08 chassis in half lengthways to show the positioning of components within the car.

As always, even with a four-year-old car, the team avoid showing the rear of the car in too much detail, as the engine and drivetrain are among its most sensitive parts. This being a 2008 car, is does not have a Kinetic Energy Recovery System or Drag Reduction System.

However the video gives a rare view of the layout of an F1 car, and is worth watching just to see Sergio Perez perched inside the Willy Wonka half-car.

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39 comments on Sauber cut an F1 car in half and reveal what’s inside

  1. Magnificent Geoffrey (@magnificent-geoffrey) said on 30th May 2012, 13:32

    That was awesome. Really cool.

    I can’t wait until they cut Checo and Kobayashi open and let us have a look at all of their insides too.

  2. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 30th May 2012, 13:43

    Brilliant video! Would have liked to have seen the engine and gearbox a little more but that’s understandable. I now know where things live in an F1 car.

  3. alexf1man (@alexf1man) said on 30th May 2012, 13:51

    Maybe they could’ve used Toyota engine and gearbox parts (as they left F1 in 2009).

  4. smifaye (@smifaye) said on 30th May 2012, 14:00

    The whole video I was thinking why is he holding an apple? Then it hit me, because an F1 car isn’t a place to store apples.

    That was brilliant though to see the internals, especially the carbon fibre honeycomb. Wowzers

  5. Andrew (@headless) said on 30th May 2012, 14:03

    Was decent that, could have got somebody who wouldn’t say “um”, “erm”, “er” so much, although no doubt I don’t have room to talk on that score!

    Good though, very interesting, enjoyed the fuel tank part.

    • dirgegirl (@dirgegirl) said on 30th May 2012, 15:53

      I actually liked the umming and erring! It’s refreshing in these days of corporate media slickness.

      • SubSailorFl said on 30th May 2012, 19:59

        Bingo! I’m good with it as well. His first job has nothing to do with being a tour guide. He’s trying to dumb down the video for the average person and hold everyones interest.

  6. Puffy (@puffy) said on 30th May 2012, 14:09

    Fantastic video, really interesting to see a formula one car bisected like that.

  7. Suave (@suave) said on 30th May 2012, 14:31

    Great video. I’ve always been amazed how drivers can sit in that position for two hours. It almost appears like their legs would start to go numb due to lack of blood-flow. Also, at about the 40 second mark you can see exactly how low all the engine and transmission components sit.

    • Mads (@mads) said on 30th May 2012, 21:32

      I think the G-forces they go through under braking is enough to pull all 5 liters of blood straight into their toe nails. When they are just sitting around in the garage it must be pretty bad though.

  8. sumedhvidwans (@sumedhvidwans) said on 30th May 2012, 14:52

    Great video!! To think that their bums are just 10 mm away from the ground!!

  9. bag0 (@bag0) said on 30th May 2012, 15:17

    For the tech loving F1 fans there is a similar video here with McLaren test engineer Ted Bowyer explaining a lot about their car. The video is very long, so grab a snack :) (the subtitles are hungarian)

    • bag0 (@bag0) said on 30th May 2012, 15:53

      Actually its not so long, they just forgot to cut after 13 mins :D

    • Mark Hitchcock (@mark-hitchcock) said on 31st May 2012, 12:47

      Interesting video, thanks for that.
      I goes to show the amount of work that goes into the cars on the race weekends. Changing 1000 settings just in the software is crazy.

  10. f1geordie (@f1geordie) said on 30th May 2012, 15:25

    I really like how Sauber are clearly investing a lot of time and money into PR and opening themselves up to the fans. They have almost everything a good team needs now: decent car, decent drivers, decent staff, they just need to sort out a decent team logo and livery and they will be a very valuable and attractive F1 team.

    • Joe Papp (@joepa) said on 1st June 2012, 5:19

      I agree – it’s refreshing to see the team’s renewed (new-found?) interest in PR and connecting w/ the fans. Gotta love the Internet :)

  11. Shimks (@shimks) said on 30th May 2012, 15:30

    That’s brilliant!

  12. Jonathan Rooney said on 30th May 2012, 16:35

    I’ve always thought the drivers feet where as close to the floor as possible. i don’t know how they manage to sit in the position for that length of time. brilliant insight!!

  13. smudgersmith1 (@smudgersmith1) said on 30th May 2012, 16:55

    Fantastic video, well done Sauber.

  14. Bullfrog (@bullfrog) said on 30th May 2012, 19:00

    Marussia should do that to one of their cars. They could get Arthur Pic to drive it.

  15. Dane. (@dane-1) said on 30th May 2012, 23:15

    What a great video. I liked how you could actually see the drivers position. Never realised their feet were so high, with the toes almost at eye level.

  16. ivz (@ivz) said on 31st May 2012, 0:40

    Wow, that is really good! So not only does a full tank of fuel slow the car due to weight, but imagine how much higher the centre of gravity is at the start of the race!

  17. nic said on 31st May 2012, 4:01

    Great video. I’m glad they did that. It deserves to go in a science museum or an art gallery. I assume they are going to display it somewhere and that’s why they did it.

    An all white car looks good. They should change to being all white. Their colour scheme now is terrible.

  18. pSynrg (@psynrg) said on 31st May 2012, 13:54

    Just wow!

  19. Joe Papp (@joepa) said on 1st June 2012, 5:17

    Great video and so timely…I was just wondering (again) about driver position and the layout of things in general. Agree w/ the previous poster who commented on Sauber team’s renewed (new-found?) interest in PR…

  20. Knightmare (@knightmare) said on 1st June 2012, 20:14

    Sweet !!

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