If F1 cars have ABS, why can the wheels lock-up and we see smoke etc.?
That's right, and furthermore.......SteveT said:I think mffitz is right. F1 cars don't have ABS by FIA regulation. I don't think they've every had it, even back in the active days.
Um, isn't there already biological surveillance that tells the driver when the lights change... i.e. vision?Some speculation has also been that Renault has some form of electronic surveillance that allows their drivers to know exactly when the lights change at the start of the race. The FIA is apparently looking into ways to block this.
Good rule — shame I learned it after I spun my E36 M3, couldn't recover it, and then regained traction sideways on the road and pointed at a mountain. Totalled…(But I was okay, thank God).EdCT said:there's an old axiom in racing: " when in a spin, both feet in". That means, when a spin is unrecoverable, the safest thing to do is LOCK up the wheels, free the clutch and let the car go "straight" to where it wants to go. It may hit something, but that's better than regaining traction and launching INTO something head on.
As of 2000, power steering was/is legal. The only catch is that it has to be implemented in such a way that it just reduces the steering effort and can't be used to remotely control the car. I remember this because one of the drivers that was with a different team last year (Button maybe) was complaining that his new team didn't have it and his old team did. One of the F1 mags mentioned it too.WAM said:Fi cars don't have ABS anymore. They used to have traction control, ABS, power steering, pre-programmed gear shifts, etc upto 1993, I think, before they were banned.
Without looking it up, I think electronic aids were banned for the 94 season. I am pretty sure that they were around in 1992, when Mansell won the championship.