Deconstructing Formula 1: Airboxes

Deconstructing Formula 1: Airboxes

Gary Anderson continues his look at modern F1 machinery and this time analyses the different approaches taken regarding airboxes during the 2011 season.

This week we're going to take a look at the detail around a Formula 1 driver's head and the location of his helmet, which is critical to the efficiency of the airbox.

Starting with the airbox intake, the area required needs to be able to pass enough mass airflow to allow the engine to produce maximum torque when the driver is applying full throttle. This would normally be around 75-80mph, when the chance of wheelspin is minimised.

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