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F1 tech explained - Paddy Lowe on the amazing stopping power of F1 brakes

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F1 tech explained - Paddy Lowe on the amazing stopping power of F1 brakes
Jun 4, 2016, 4:20 PM

With stopping power of over 5g, F1 brakes are amazing.

With stopping power of over 5g, F1 brakes are amazing. They heat up to over 1000 degrees in a big stop, such as we will see in Montreal next week for the Canadian Grand Prix. That is one of the toughest circuits of the season for brakes.

The biggest stop in Canada is the final chicane where the cars will arrive at around 340km/h and brake to just 135km/h in 1.64 seconds, according to brake supplier Brembo. That's 5.4g of deceleration and the cars shed 205km/h in just 97m.

Equally amazing are the shapes that F1 teams are able to manufacture these days with carbon composite for brake ducts; as Paddy says in the video they are as much aerodynamic devices today as they are for cooling the brakes.

In the first of a short series of videos, Mercedes F1 technical boss Paddy Lowe takes us behind the scenes at the Mercedes factory and, using Lewis Hamilton's 2015 F1 world championship winning car as a base, explains the secrets of F1 brakes.

Paddy Lowe is one of the judges in this year's F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize, the crowdsourcing challenge. This year there are two challenges around Virtual Reality projects. The first challenge is live now - so get involved!

To find out more and to take part in the challenge go to the FCIP website.
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