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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.