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The Revolutionary Technology of Active Suspension in Formula 1

TLDROver 30 years ago, Formula 1 introduced active suspension, a groundbreaking technology that revolutionized the sport. Active suspension automatically adjusted the car's ride height and stiffness, improving performance and grip. Although it was eventually banned, active suspension remains an influential part of F1 history.

Key insights

Active suspension in Formula 1 cars led to increased stability and grip, improving overall performance.

The technology automatically adjusted the car's ride height and stiffness, ensuring optimal aerodynamic performance.

Active suspension was initially developed by Lotus, but it was Williams who perfected and dominated with the technology.

The system used hydraulic actuators and hydraulic rams to control the car's suspension, minimizing the effects of bumps on the track.

Active suspension was eventually banned in Formula 1 due to concerns over increasing aerodynamic instability and making the racing less competitive.

Q&A

What is active suspension in Formula 1?

Active suspension is a technology used in Formula 1 cars that automatically adjusts the car's suspension, including ride height and stiffness, to optimize performance and improve grip.

Which team dominated with active suspension technology?

Williams was the team that perfected and dominated with active suspension technology, particularly with their FW14B car in the 1992 season.

Why was active suspension eventually banned from Formula 1?

Active suspension was banned from Formula 1 due to concerns over increasing aerodynamic instability and making the racing less competitive.

Is active suspension used in road cars?

While active suspension systems are used in some road cars, the technology has not been reintroduced in Formula 1 since its ban.

Did active suspension improve lap times in Formula 1?

Yes, active suspension technology significantly improved lap times in Formula 1 by enhancing stability and increasing grip.

Timestamped Summary

00:00Over 30 years ago, Formula 1 introduced active suspension, a groundbreaking technology.

02:08Active suspension in Formula 1 cars led to increased stability and grip, improving overall performance.

03:14The technology automatically adjusted the car's ride height and stiffness, ensuring optimal aerodynamic performance.

04:42Active suspension was initially developed by Lotus, but it was Williams who perfected and dominated with the technology.

06:00The system used hydraulic actuators and hydraulic rams to control the car's suspension, minimizing the effects of bumps on the track.

08:19Active suspension was eventually banned in Formula 1 due to concerns over increasing aerodynamic instability and making the racing less competitive.