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Bruce McLarens Legacy

Bruce McLarens Legacy

Bruce McLarens Legacy

Join Tyler Axexander and Gordon Coppuck, themselves, two legends in McLaren history as they discuss working with Bruce McLaren and the time immediately following Bruce’s death in a Can-AM testing accident at Goodwood in 1970.

The video also features the starting up of a McLaren M8 inside the McLaren Technology Centre. Some interesting stories from two guys who were there in the early days of McLaren.

Bruce McLaren Remuera Racer

Remuera is a suburb of Auckland City in New Zealand, where Bruce McLaren grew up and spent most of his life before heading overseas to race, so it’s a fitting name for a 60 minute tribute DVD put together to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his death in 1970.

This spectacular video, highlighting Bruce’s life and his racing achievements is available at the Throughtout The Gears Website. Below is the trailer for the DVD.

Ross Brawn talks Telemetry

The telemetry systems on a Formula One car are an extremely important part of technology. The team observes what’s happening and advices the driver to make changes. Watch Ross Brawn and Nico Rosberg showing insights about telemetry in Formula One, and hear them describe how important these tools are in modern F1.

The Ferrari Formula One Pit

Join Diego Loverno from the Ferrari Formula One Team for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Ferrari Formula One garage at a test session. Although this is a test session the garage layout is the same as used in every Formula One race. Diego shows us all of the equipment that is needed to make the car run including the car side computers and the refueling rig.

He then takes us into the very seldom seen back of the pit garage showing us the various rooms and departments in the back of the garage including the spare parts and bodywork department, the engine and transmission department. He then moves across tot eh control center, where there are rows and rows of computer workstations housing the telemetry engineers, programmers, and a section for each of the department heads and engineers, along with all of the radio equipment for the whole team.

He then moves outside to the back of the garage, when the transporters that carry all of this equipment are parked, and shows us around inside, including a portable composites oven for making repairs to smaller carbon pieces. He then takes us into a very rarely seen transporter, a two level truck that has storage for parts and pieces for the mechanics on the bottom, but on top houses the main communication center, that is responsible for all inter team communications at the track, plus handles the communication back to home base at the Ferrari factory in Italy. The top level houses a number of meeting rooms where team debriefings are held, with direct video confrencing back to the Ferrari factory so that engineers back there can be involved in all aspects of the team discussions.

A really facinating insight into just what it takes to keep a modern F1 car on the track.

Bruce McLaren Describes Mosport

A great piece of video featuring Bruce McLaren himself explaining a lap of the Canadian Mosport circuit. Some great Can-Am footage from 1966 is also mixed in showing the various corners as Bruce talks his way around the track. A classic piece of film featuring Bruce McLaren himself.

In addition, below is a 9 minute video covering the 1966 Can-Am race at Mosport. Bruce McLaren had won it in 1964, and was looking to repeat in 1966. Chris Amon plus all the other stars of the Can-Am series are also featured in this timeless piece for video.

Formula One Clutches Explained

Steve Matchett is joined again by Red Bull F1 Team Manager Jonathan Wheatly as they dive into the current Formula One clutch setup, which unlike most vehicles is mounted to the gearbox and not the motor itself.

Check out, like everything in formula one, how light and how small the compete clutch pack is, to help fight inertia, and consider that it has to deal with somewhere between 700 and 800 horsepower, and during a F1 start it will purposely be setup to slip, which must generate huge amounts of heat. Incredible technology.

Starting a Formula One Car

Red Bull F1’s Team Manager, Jonathon Wheatley joins Steve Matchett to demonstrate how a modern day Formula One car still uses and external start system. They delve into the reasons for this, and discuss the weight savings gained by not having a starting system on board the cars.

The F1 Motorhomes 2008 and Now

Here are two short 1 minute videos looking at the Motorhomes in the Formula One Paddock back in 2008 and again during the 2010 season. Some have remained about the same with a few additions, while a few more have been completely replaced with even bigger and better versions, truly mobile palaces, and feats in portable building engineering.


And Updated in 2010

David Coulthard Explains Formula One Start Procedures

Watch as David Coulthard describes the procedures the drivers must go through in a Formula One car using the steering wheel before a race start. he dives into the significance of the clutch settings and how that can make or break a modern day formula one race start.

Adrian Sutil Explains Force Indias 2011 Steering Wheel

Will Buxton joins Adrian Sutil for a good look at all the functions of the 2011 Force India Formula One Car Steering Wheel.

Adrian explains what he uses all the different switches and modes for, and goes into great detail about how, why and when he uses all the different features. Highlights include a look at the Kers system control, and the engine mapping control where he explains when he uses the various engine maps available to him.

An interesting thing I have not seen on other cars (but I am sure they are doing it) is the pit in switch. Instead of having to waste time talking to the pits to let them know he is coming in, he just pushes the pit in button and they know he is arriving at the pit soon.