The Science Behind Cooling F1 Cars

These super vehicles obviously heat up during races. Here's how they keep cool.
Loukia Papadopoulos

Anyone who has ever witnessed a race car catch fire can testify to the importance of keeping these optimum vehicles cooled. But with the speeds these cars reach, cooling them is quite a feat.

Why? Because their internal combustion engine, also called the ICE, actually explodes petrol within it. To make matters worse, there are also lots of moving mechanical parts rubbing against each other creating more heat through friction.

This dramatic heating means the cars' internal components begin to change shape and even push up against each other. Needless to say, that is not exactly desirable!

If you're struggling to understand this concept, think about how a smartphone or computer gets very hot after extensive use. It is the same with race cars.

Needless, to say without a cooling system to take away the heat, these cars would not last very long. Luckily, race cars and particularly F1 cars have a great cooling system in place.