Banned! Tuned mass dampers

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

The biggest technical controversy of last season was the banning of Renault’s ‘tuned mass damper’ suspension system. It put Renault’s championship defence in jeopardy and seriously questioned the impartiality of the FIA. Many in the paddock suggested the governing body were trying to engineer a final championship victory for the retiring Michael Schumacher. In a … Continue reading Banned! Tuned mass dampers

Banned: McLaren’s rear brake pedal

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Of the dozens of technologies banned by F1’s governing body through the years, McLaren’s rear brake pedal stands out as one of the most unjust bannings. It was banned early in 1998 as McLaren made a stunningly dominant start to the year. Following a protest by Ferrari the system, that had previously been declared legal, … Continue reading Banned: McLaren’s rear brake pedal

Banned! Rocket fuel

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Today’s Renault team boasts back to back double championship successes. But in their original incarnation they were caught out by a technical innovation from BMW that cost them what would have been their first championship. What was BMW’s secret? An ultra-potent fuel that unleashed prodigious power from their turbo engines. Rumours insisted this special brew … Continue reading Banned! Rocket fuel