Rapid-protoyping technology has radically reduced the time-to-market needed to press a piece of componentry into action.
It has its limitations – the resin pieces that are created aren’t strong enough to be used as real structural components on a Formula 1 car – but it’s revolutionised the way engineers can think, and how quickly an idea can be transferred to the windtunnel, or, in some case, the track.
It also perfectly encapsulates the role of Formula 1 as a restless innovator – a sport where new technology, or the latest prototype, is always just a race away from making its debut.
Here, we take a look back through the history of the sport and chart the progress of technology, charting the new developments and innovations that have led the technical charge within F1. It’s been a breathless journey – and it shows no sign of relenting.