Tuesday, 25 October 2011


     The Fuel for all team are Spenser by his technical partners.  The talk around the fuel in a Formula One car has veered from secret fuel to rocket fuel.  It would then surprise you that the fuel an F1 car runs on today is surprisingly close to the composition of ordinary available petrol.  It was not always so.  Early Grand Prix cars ran on fierce mixture of powerful chemicals and additives, often featuring large quantities of benzene, alcohol and aviation fuel, indeed some early fuels were so potent that the car's engine had to be disassemble and washed in ordinary petrol at the end the race to prevent the mixture from corroding it.  Over the years, regulations and oil companies desire to link racing with road cars has changed the composition of the fuel used.
     The modern fuel is only allowed tiny quantities of  'non hydrocarbon' compounds, effectively banning the most volatile power-boosting additives.  Each fuel blend must be submitted to the sport's governing body, the FIA, for prior approval of its composition and physical properties.  A 'fingerprint' of the approved fuel is the taken, which is then compared to the actual fuel being used at the event by the FIA'S mobile testing laboratory.
     During a typical season a Formula One team uses over 2,00,000 liters for testing and racing, and these can be of anything up to 50 slightly different blends, tuned for the demands of different circuits -   or even different weather conditions.  More potent fuels will give noticeable more power but may result in increased consumption or engine wear.    
     The engine oil in an F1 car is just as important as it is in your car.  It helps to perform a vital diagnostic role, and is closely analysed after each race and tested for traces of metals to help monitor the engine's wear rate.  This is a fuel for F1 RACE.

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