While we sit back and enjoy the return of Formula One to the city after a three-year break due to Covid, there’s much more to this iconic race than meets the eye. Underneath all the glitz and glamour of F1, millions of dollars are invested in the sport to make the cars faster, stronger, safer, more aerodynamic, and technologically-advanced.
Many of the innovations, new materials and technologies discovered in motor sports often find their way into today’s modern cars. These range from lightweight carbon fibre to hybrid engines. Formula One has often been called the fastest R&D lab in the world, and for good reason. The ultra-competitive landscape and resources racing teams have at their disposal lend themselves well to innovation.
The McLaren F1 racing team is the sport’s second most successful after Ferrari, and currently includes driver Lando Norris. At McLaren Racing, technologies have been deployed through government and other corporations which have had a significant impact on wider industries.