Clutch Test – Formula 1 Auto Parts

This test shows the extremes that clutch on a Formula 1 racer can endure. This clutch can handle temperatures up to 1400C and beyond. Your everyday car clutch would not be be able to take this type abuse, unless of course you splurge and go for the Carbon-Carbon upgrade.

todpoli” (Youtube alias) explains:

“The idea in this testing is to determine if the Carbon-Carbon friction coefficient remains stable during this simulated slipping. The problem most F-1 cars have is the initial take-off from the start line. Because of the high RPM and total energy input, many materials cannot withstand the 1400 C temperatures without fading or losing friction completely. For this reason we test new materials to make sure the friction coefficient is stable through all conditions including initial humidity effects on C-C composites. Since C-C absorbs moisture when not used at high enough temps, the initial engagement may have a low friction coefficient at the beginning of the torque curve which is extremely important at the start of the race. C-C can be heat treated and doped with other materials to enhance the properties to ensure stable friction throughout the acceleration.”

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