Fortunately, Red Bull Racing and Infiniti have decided to let us in on the less secretive parts of the process through a new video series. This is the first part.
The whole business starts with, naturally, computer models. Then parts are prototyped and tested in scale models, beginning an iterative process.
Perhaps the most impressive part of the F1 design process is that the teams build them from scratch in about five months. Along the way, Red Bull says it makes about 30,000 design changes--around 1,000 changes per week. The end result is, hopefully, a competitive new car. The design process will be especially important for 2014 as teams work to build to an entirely new spec.
The precision, detail, and pressure involved area palpable even through the distance of the lens.
A new video will expand the series every week for the next several weeks.