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How Is An F1 Tyre Made?

Corelli have an extremely difficult job

in the world of Formula One

creating seven dry compounds of tire as

well as two wet ones that degrade at a

perfect rate to create both exciting

races and safety for the drivers easy

right but how are they created it's not

as simple as making it round and sticky

that's for sure the home of Pirelli is

located in Milan where a whopping 150

research engineers concentrate solely on

Formula one the first port of call is

the physics and chemistry labs where

they test the new compounds and

structures in Romania Pirelli have its

own dedicated motorsport factory and

another backup factory in Turkey this is

where they take a virtual model of the

tire and turn it into reality a physical

prototype with the compounds produced in

there set a motor Annie's plant in Italy

time to put the tyre through its paces

where the poor tire will be put through

every race condition imaginable and

stress to the absolute limit using

sophisticated machines

once they pass these tests they are sent

out to experience a real circuit the

tyres that successfully make it through

the vigorous track testing are then

eligible to be part of the final

selection for an f1 weekend let's take a

look inside the factory where our good

friends Jim and Bob are hard at work

Jim creates the shoulder and the carcass

of the tire while simultaneously Bob is

working on creating the belt and tread

pattern the key ingredients in this

process are natural rubber synthetic

rubber and other artificial fibres once

Jim and Bob have done their job we move

down to Craig who has a key role in

production we're a Formula One tire is

born what an emotional moment not only

the humans have passports for f1 tyres

have one ingrained to these contain all

the information you could possibly need

about the tire and how much it's been

used from birth to race day time to get

your chef's hat on as the next step is

the vulcanization period which cooks the

tire this sales the barcode in as well

as determining the definitive

characteristics of the compounds and

structure the final part of the process

is a visual check weight check and an

x-ray scan of the tire a random sample

of tires are then taken to ensure

they're good to go via a destructive

test once all of this is completed the

tire is ready to be used in a race or

testing session the competition tires

suit in other racing series go through a

very similar if not identical process to

be used all over the world are you

prepared to be absolutely dazzled with

information about a Pirelli f1 tire well

strap yourself in tight and get ready

because what you're about to witness

will blow your mind the Pirelli f1 tire

has over a hundred elements in each tire

with 18 structural components if you are

an expert and wanted to make one for

yourself and it takes you approximately

five hours of work fancy little workout

well if you want to lift a front wheel

and tire it'll be around eight and a

half kilograms which is the equivalent

of just under four laptops if you're

feeling hench then maybe lift the rear

wheel and tire which is around nine and

a half kilograms or seven golden

retriever puppies and one sultry Grand

Prix about 1,800 tyres are taken which

is sixteen thousand two hundred

kilograms or 13.5 McLaren Senna's worth

if you're wondering which you probably

weren't in laboratory testing the

scientists and engineers test the tire

at up to four hundred and fifty

kilometres an hour which is ridiculous

what about testing the tires on curbs

Matt well I'm glad you asked two hundred

and sixty kilometers an hour imagine

hitting a curve at two hundred and sixty

kilometres an hour that's gonna hurt

what about temperature testing a hundred

and fifty degrees is what the tread

pattern is exposed to these poor tyres

get abused text eight zero one zero one

to donate five pounds per month to stop

the tire testing abuse what else would

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