The Force Behind Formula 1 WingsThe Force Behind Formula 1 Wings
August 24, 2012
The fast-moving world of Formula 1 motor racing technology is constantly changing, as a result of the desire to gain an advantage in such a highly competitive arena, as well as the need to comply with ever-changing rules and regulations.
An example of this is the decision to allow the use of driver-activated rear wings for 2011. These wings have returned to Formula 1 after they were banned for 40 years on safety grounds. This decision was made at a meeting of the sports governing body, the FIA World Motor Sport Council, with the objective of allowing more overtaking in F1.
One of the beneficiaries of this decision is the miniature component specialist The Lee Co. Over the past few years, it has sold hundreds of solenoid valves to all the F1 teams for a wide range of applications. These include fuel flaps, emergency clutch disengagement, reverse gear selection, power steering, auxiliary lube oil tank top-up applications, and front wing control. In fact, The Lee Co. specifically developed its 250 series solenoid valve at the request of its F1 customers, and this was subsequently homologated by the FIA for use in F1.
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