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A1 Ring

The A1 Ring is situated in Austria and is one of the Grand Prix Circuits.

2.684 miles or 4.319km long

ABC

These letters are used to describe the type of piston and cylinder used in some engines.

Aluminium piston. Brass cylinder liner. Chrome coating on the surface of the brass cylinder liner.


Ackermann Steering

The basis of Ackermann steering is that the inner wheel turns about a smaller radius than the outer wheel. A simple way of achieving approximately the correct geometry to produce this is to angle the track rod ends in such that a line drawn from the steering pivot through the track rod end passes through the centre of the rear axle with the wheels set straight-ahead.

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Active suspension

An innovation introduced by the Lotus Team and used in the 1987 Formula 1 World Championship. The suspension was computer controlled and kept the car level through corners with a network of sensors and hydraulic actuators. Lots of other teams adopted the technology until it was finally banned in 1994.

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Adhesive Terminology

A list of terms used in the description of adhesive properties and manufacture.


Aerodynamic Drag

The aerodynamic drag of a vehicle will determine how fast a vehicle can go for a given amount of driving power. It may be broken down into three main components:

  • skin friction: this is drag due to the surface texture and area
  • profile drag: this is drag from the three-dimensional shape of the vehicle
  • service drag: this is drag from air ducted to cooling components


Airfoils

Ferrari f1The airfoils or "Wings" on a racing car are similar to the wings on an aircraft except that they are mounted "upside down" generating a force pushing the car onto the road - "downforce".


Anti-Lock Brakes

This technology is commonly applied to road going vehicles and releases the brakes on a wheel that is slipping. On a racing car the computer control systems are more advanced and the system senses when brakes are being applied too heavily on a wheel that is losing traction and transfers the braking to a corner of the car with more grip. In Formula 1 this is currently not allowed.


Anti-Stall

Formula 1 cars are no longer fitted with starter motors to reduce weight. Therefore, it is necessary to have a system that stops the engine from stalling when the car is spun.


Approach Angle

As a vehicle approaches a grade, it's the angle of slope which it can climb up without any part of the front (bumper, shackle etc.) hitting the ground/rock.


Aquaplaning

When water stands on a road or race track it may not be dispersed effectively from the tyre contact area with the road. The result is less grip and hence "Aquaplaning".


Articulation

The extent of movement between one tire and the other on the same axle.


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