52 episodes

Journalist Edd Straw and former F1 technical director and car designer Gary Anderson are here to guide listeners through the wonderful world of Formula 1 technology. With the help of special guests they’ll discuss and explain everything from how F1 cars are engineered to go faster, to the science behind cutting-edge aerodynamics and the complexities of engine development. They’ll also discuss the latest design trends shaping the 2022 grid, speak to some of the famous names behind classic F1 innovations, and answer fans’ burning F1 tech questions.

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Journalist Edd Straw and former F1 technical director and car designer Gary Anderson are here to guide listeners through the wonderful world of Formula 1 technology. With the help of special guests they’ll discuss and explain everything from how F1 cars are engineered to go faster, to the science behind cutting-edge aerodynamics and the complexities of engine development. They’ll also discuss the latest design trends shaping the 2022 grid, speak to some of the famous names behind classic F1 innovations, and answer fans’ burning F1 tech questions.

    From fan car to F1 2022 – the secrets of ground effect

    From fan car to F1 2022 – the secrets of ground effect

    With F1’s August shutdown well under way, there’s still lots to talk about in the world of tech for host Edd Straw and Gary Anderson, former Jordan, Jaguar and Stewart technical director, to talk about.
    Gary starts off with a look at the follies of Ferrari’s attitude to strategy during the 2022 season and why it is not about sacking team principal Mattia Binotto if Ferrari wants to fix things. 
    Then it’s onto a deep dive into F1 ground effect cars, starting off with the 1970s. Then, Gary was in the thick of the ground effect revolution that was kicked off by Team Lotus. That then spawned the fascinating Brabham BT46 ‘fan car’ that raced only once. But what might have happened had such fan cars stayed legal?
    Modern-day ground effect is also delved into, including the potential for teams to unlock significantly more performance in the future despite the rule changes slated for 2023.
    And finally, Gary answers a listener question about whether any of F1’s midfield teams can hope to join the ‘big three’ teams at the front before the next rules cycle starts in 2026.
    The Race F1 Tech Show, brought to you by Aramco.

    • 47 min
    Mid-season tech review + analysing Aston’s radical new rear wing

    Mid-season tech review + analysing Aston’s radical new rear wing

    We've reached the mid-season break in this year's F1 campaign, but there's still plenty of juicy technical topics for host Edd Straw and former F1 technical director Gary Anderson to dig into.
    First up, they cast an eye over the Hungarian Grand Prix, where Aston Martin caught the eye when they unveiled their paradigm-shifting rear wing endplates. Gary gives his view on why Aston have taken this development direction, and whether it complies with the spirit of the regulations.
    The duo also discuss Ferrari's strategic decisions in the race, and on what data the team were basing their decisions on, especially with rivals Red Bull seemingly getting all the big calls right.
    The development progress of the two leading championship protagonists is also discussed in Edd and Gary's mid-season technical review, which rounds up how Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes have progressed with their cars this year, especially having embraced such different design approaches.
    And finally Gary answers a listener question on whether the cleaner racing we're seeing on track in 2022 can be attributed to the revised technical regulations.
    The Race F1 Tech Show, brought to you by Aramco.

    • 46 min
    Real-time aero data: How it's captured and how cycling has raised the game

    Real-time aero data: How it's captured and how cycling has raised the game

    Aerodynamics are the key performance differentiator in F1, and as a result those working in the sport have become adept at measuring aerodynamic performance in real-time, using an array of sensors. But what if F1 technology was applied to another sport where aerodynamics are key? 
    Joining host Edd Straw and former F1 technical director Gary Anderson this week is a man who has put this theory to the test. Dr Barney Garrood has many years of experience as a Formula One aerodynamicist at teams including Ferrari and Mercedes, working across wind tunnel, CFD and track testing methods. A keen cyclist, Garrood wanted to apply his experience in F1 aerodynamics to measure aerodynamic drag in cycling. 
    He explains to Edd and Gary how he applied F1 learnings to develop his Aerosensor - and how his new product has now gone full circle and is being used in F1. Edd and Gary also have the pleasure of welcoming six-time Olympic gold medalist (and 2015 European Le Mans Series LMP3 champion) Sir Chris Hoy onto the show, to discuss his experiences of working on aerodynamic performance in both cycling and motorsport.
    Before all of that there’s time for a chat about the car upgrades on show at the French Grand Prix, followed by Gary answering a listener’s question about teams testing with year-old cars.
    To have your tech question answered on the show, record a voice note and send it to podcasts@the-race.com
    For more information on Aerosensor, visit Aerosensor.tech
    The Race F1 Tech Show, brought to you by Aramco.

    • 56 min
    Analysing the 2023 floor changes + Developing the next generation of F1 engineers

    Analysing the 2023 floor changes + Developing the next generation of F1 engineers

    On this week's show host Edd Straw and former F1 technical director Gary Anderson talk through the floor-related rule changes the FIA is making for 2023, asking why the changes are happening and whether they'll cost lap time.
    They also take an in-depth look at the competition that has a track record for producing the F1 engineers of the future: The long running and highly regarded F1 in Schools, which recently held its world finals at Silverstone.
    And finally, Gary answers a listener's question about one of the more invisible parts of F1 tech - computing power, explaining why it's so crucial to F1 performance and so much more powerful than it was in his F1 heyday.
    To have your tech question answered on the show, record a voice note and send it to podcasts@the-race.com
    The Race F1 Tech Show, brought to you by Aramco.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    The wonders of carbon fibre with pioneering designer John Barnard

    The wonders of carbon fibre with pioneering designer John Barnard

    On this week’s podcast we pay homage to the wonder material that is carbon fibre. And who better to speak to on this subject than legendary designer John Barnard - the man who introduced the carbon fibre monocoque to F1 with McLaren in 1981. Light yet strong, stiff yet formable, carbon fibre has been responsible for many advances in F1, in particular on the safety side - we explain how and why. 
    Before that, former F1 technical director Gary Anderson tells co-host Edd Straw why he’s unimpressed with Formula 1’s Drag Reduction System. And before the episode signs off, Gary answers a listener question about the new floor rules set to come into place - and rumours of retractable skid plates…
    To have your tech question answered on the show, record a voice note and send it to podcasts@the-race.com
    The Race F1 Tech Show, brought to you by Aramco.

    • 46 min
    Zhou's Silverstone crash analysed + why F1 fuel is going synthetic and sustainable

    Zhou's Silverstone crash analysed + why F1 fuel is going synthetic and sustainable

    This week, after Zhou Guanyu’s terrifying British Grand Prix accident, host Edd Straw and former F1 technical director Gary Anderson take a closer look at the structures that saved the Chinese driver and ask what F1 can learn about further improving car and barrier safety.
    They then turn their attention to this week’s major topic: synthetic sustainable fuel, with Formula 1’s tech chief Pat Symonds joining the pod to give us the ultimate guide on what the teams will be putting in their cars in 2026 - and just why the sport is heading down this specific route.
    And finally, Gary is delighted to answer a listener question on the materials used to make the more mundane parts of an F1 car, and the properties these materials must exhibit - it's much more interesting than you might think!
    If you want to be a part of the show, simply record your burning technical question as a voice note or sound file and send it to podcasts@the-race.com
    The Race F1 Tech Show is brought to you by Aramco

    • 59 min

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