Formula 1 Brakes: 200 mph to 0 in Four Seconds


The key to good brakes is designing them to meet – or exceed – the demands of the application. The brakes which haul down a Formula 1 racer from 200 miles per hour to strolling speeds in a matter of seconds are unique designs. Scott Mansell of the Driver61 YouTube channel shows just how they do it in this comprehensive video.

Mansell broke down the systems’ pieces in detail including complete explanations on what each one does. One of the unique aspects to the Formula 1 brakes he pointed out was the use of two master cylinders – one for the front brakes, the other for the rear ones.

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The calipers used on these sleek machines are also unique utilizing pistons of different sizes. The sizes increase in diameter in the direction of the disc’s travel to produce more even pad wear on one end when compared to the other. This feature leads to better pad life.

The entire video can be accessed by clicking on the image below:

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Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Senior Editor for The BRAKE Report. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.