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thedrifter
03-05-09, 09:45 AM
F1 Racing's Influence, from Wheelchairs to Mars Landers
BY Cliff KuangWed Mar 4, 2009 at 9:08 PM


Formula 1 racing, which each year produces some of the most intensively engineered vehicles on earth, is a well-spring for design innovation. The New Scientist just rounded up some examples, and here are the the best:

F1 race cars have monocoque hulls--rather than being formed of a frame with a composite skin, the skin itself is a single sheet of composite that provides all the structural rigidity. This wheelchair borrows the same concept, thus producing a lighter, stronger design:

http://www.fastcompany.com/blog/cliff-kuang/design-innovation/what-racecars-have-taught-industrial-designers

Ellie