Carbon fiber and its various composite materials are central to the design and construction of a modern Formula 1 car. But how are carbon composites made, used, and leveraged to make the brutally efficient machines we see on race day?
This video takes us behind the scenes into Infiniti Red Bull Racing's process as it prototypes carbon fiber parts and bodywork. From mold to vacuum bag to autoclave to car, the whole process can take up to three days--for just a single component.
This is the second part in an ongoing series that gives a detailed, insider look at the process of designing and building a new F1 car each year.
Next year's F1 cars will be especially challenging, as the teams work to meet the turbocharged V-6 engine regulations, designing an all-new chassis and setup around the new engine.