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Innovations in F1

This topic contains 19 replies, has 12 voices, and was last updated by Avatar of Funkyf1 Funkyf1 3 years, 5 months ago.

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  • #127728
    Avatar of Polishboy808
    Polishboy808
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    We’ve had innovations recently, like KERS, and the F-Duct. But how bout some from long ago. Like Wings, we don’t really think of them as an innovation now because they’re a must have on the car, but they were first introduced in 1968, almost 20 years after the sports first race, by Lotus. So what were some innovations you remember that changed F1?

    #135629
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    Ratboy
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    The introduction of the Semi-automatic gearbox, its a shame I liked to see the drivers manually change gear and it made driving more of a challenge.

    #135630
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    Dan Thorn
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    I remember paddle shifts seeming like a revolutionary idea and Murray would often use onboard shots to describe them as fantastic new technology that allows a driver to keep both hands on the wheel. I hate them though – go back to a proper clutch and gearbox I say!

    The mass damper was a great innovation too but the banning of it was ridiculous.

    Those are merely two that stand out from when I’ve been watching F1. If I had to pick one single innovation the changed the sport forever it would have to be mid engines. Ground effect was a simple but brilliant innovation too.

    #135631
    Avatar of Scribe
    Scribe
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    All the recent discouverys have tended to be aero dynamic because of the bans on things like mass dampers. However the thing that changed F1 the most recently has to have been the survival cell. Quite how much it has changed are sport was spectacularly demonstrated 3 years ago in Canada, while we should never get cocky F1 is now more safe than dangerous, drivers are more likley to survive a crash than be killed in it.

    While it wasn’t exactly innovated and more developed over time, the survival cell ment that F1 survived after the tradgedies 94 an is no longer even a particularly extreme sport, single most important device in the championships history.

    #135632
    Avatar of SoLiDG
    SoLiDG
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    The Mclaren 2 rear brake pedal was innovative… but banned after Ferrari complained :)

    http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2007/05/24/banned-mclarens-rear-brake-pedal/

    #135634
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    Fixy
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    #135635
    Avatar of sw6569
    sw6569
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    fixy, what was the point in digging this topic up?

    #135636
    Avatar of Polishboy808
    Polishboy808
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    Why not?

    #135637
    Avatar of Fixy
    Fixy
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    @sw6569 – This year the DRS offers a new innovation to F1.

    #135638
    Avatar of sw6569
    sw6569
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    yeah, I understand that but your post didn’t mention anything about the DRS and instead referenced a load of articles from 2007.

    Since the topic is here though, which innovation do you think is the most innovative thus far in the 2011 season?

    #135639
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    AndrewTanner
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    I’d like to think the McLaren U-shaped sidepods. Whether or not they’re a positive move is another thing.

    #135640
    Avatar of Todfod
    Todfod
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    I would think Renault’s exhaust system is the most innovative idea of the year. Gotta wait and see if it works though..

    #135641
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    AndrewTanner
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    HRT were pretty innovative last year. No testing and they still didn’t come last! ;)

    #135642
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    Todfod
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    I thought this was a really cool initiative from Mclaren.. its a little bit off topic, but is definitely worth a watch

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiLoANg6nNY

    #135643
    Avatar of Fixy
    Fixy
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    @Todfod – :O

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