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Carbonfibre technology is forming F1’s new era. Carbon fiber has been ubiquitous in Formula 1 cars for over 40 years, but it would be a mistake to say that it is a static field of technology.

As with all other areas of the current Grand Prix car, teams are always looking for small improvements to make them winners.

Reducing to the most basic elements means making things lighter and stronger, ensuring that every part is perfectly fit for purpose.

Teams are also constantly looking for signs of disruptive technology that will help them stand out from their rivals.

But advances in the raw materials used to build cars come not only from the walls of F1 competitors’ factories but because they rely on outside suppliers who have a better understanding of the composites industry.

The current F1 grid

On the current F1 grid, nothing stands out more than the Belgian scientific multinational Solvay. Helping to supply more or less all his F1 teams on the grid with carbon fiber products. That eventually forms into the auto parts you see on the track.

Solvay has made a dramatic shift in technology and understanding since carbon fiber entered F1.

Solvay’s Global Program Director for Automotive, Gerald Perrin, told his Autosport:

“We have played a key role in working with the team to improve the safety of the car, but the types of materials used today are very different from those designed in the 80s.

“There are optimizations between fibers and resins, and how these two materials combine and interact.

“Everything was fully optimized, but in the ’80s there was probably one. It was already very good because it is lighter than metal!”

Mark Steele, Customer Engineering Manager for Automotive Composites at Solvay, said:

“Today’s cars don’t use one or two resins, they use multiple resins. They are very bespoke resins for very specific applications.

“You can’t use all chemistries on all fibers, so you pick a fiber with the properties you want and try to match it with the chemistry behind the resin. I think the real benefits come from there.”

“The consistency has also improved a lot, which allows the team to push the parts to the limit. Because they know they will fail very consistently, which means squeezing every last bit of performance out of the part. It means you can.”

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