How Formula One Brakes Are Tested

Oct 17, 2015 By Jake Brannon

Ever since its inaugural season in 1950, Formula One has been the highest single seat racing class in the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. Reaching speeds as high as 220 mph, they are the fastest race cars in the world competing on road courses. Every part of the car, from the fuel to the brakes, must conform to a strict "formula," hence the name. 

Here, a Formula One car's brakes are tested to make sure they function properly. The orange glow that you see when the brakes are employed is the process of kinetic energy being converted to thermal energy. This is the law of conservation of energy in action, which states that energy is neither created nor destroyed. Instead, it simply changes forms. So, whether you're applying the brakes on your sedan, or braking your Formula One car through a turn, the same process of converting energy will always occur.

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