Thrilling duels, exciting tactics, breathtaking speed: despite the current discussion around qualifying, Formula One still captivates audiences with incredible sporting action and sophisticated technologies.
But the pinnacle of motor racing delivers more than just spectacular thrills on the race track: the transfer of innovative technologies from F1 test laboratories and pit stops into modern passenger car production is essential for manufacturers today.
A long list of innovations have made it into series production of current cars, thanks in part to the expertise of suppliers like voestalpine: more efficient engines, new types of mounts, ceramic brakes, lightweight composite materials, brake energy recovery, electric motor support for the combustion engine, helpful assistance systems and much more.
Like last year, the technical innovations in the latest Formula One season can be found only in the details: the side walls of the cockpit have grown from 33,000 to 35,750 square millimeters, in order to better protect the head of the driver in accidents. This innovation is being tested directly with more than three times the load: instead of 15 kilonewtons, the wall must now withstand 50 kilonewtons. In addition, a second exhaust pipe makes the sound of the cars louder and more reverberating, much to the delight of the fans. And for even more proactive safety, a high-speed camera affixed to the racers will provide information for an accident database.
Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring
For the Austrian Grand Prix from July 1 to 3, the Formula One frenzy will be returning to Spielberg for the third time since 2014. Since 1963, this track has been among the most legendary in motor racing history and experts say it retains much of the spirit of the wild, old days.
By the way, the voestalpine wing, whose architecture is based on the rear wing structure of a race car, serves a special function during the Grand Prix – namely, that of a media center for 500 journalists.