Formula One is the world's fastest and one of the most challenging racing series that pits some of the planet's best racing drivers and manufacturers against each other Amazingly, there has been a Formula One World Championship every year since 1950 and with over 100 different teams taking part in a part of Back then, there were a plethora of exciting and outlandish ideas for what the next best car would look like from historical designs to predictions for the future, these are:-
the 15 most unusual cars ever built.
15 MCLAREN SHAPESHIFTER
Potential new cars, but the most unusual and sophisticated cars they would encounter in the future was a concept they revealed to the world that they believed could provide an idea of what racing cars would look like in the 1950s.
Created by the team's sister company McLaren, the car called the mcl Extreme applies a top speed of 310 mph and is rear-wheel drive and is all-electric from a foldable battery fitted inside pneumatic assemblies according to the designers.
To alter its aerodynamic shape to make it as efficient as possible through changing weather conditions and track temperatures if that is the case a sign of the future, Formula One is sure to be at the forefront of racing design for decades to come.
14 TYRRELL P34
Terrell Racing was involved in Formula 1 between 1968 and 1998 and in many ways was involved in the championship during what purists believe was its heyday, these were times when there were far fewer regulations on how cars should be designed and this allowed for creativity. Strongly in teams, they actually go after whichever route they wanted to carve out precious seconds from their lap times, the company has always been known for interesting designs, but the most extreme was undoubtedly the P-34 devised by Derek Gardner, chief designer at Tyrrell and it became one of the most famous racing cars. Historical because it had six wheels, and there were four custom 10-inch wheels in the front with two life-size wheels in the back, and while this started life as a concept to show what could be possible, Tyrrell actually built the P-34 and entered the championship in 1976.
And he proved surprisingly successful this season which led other manufacturers to explore six wheel designs of their own but to prevent things from getting out of hand, the regulator changed the rules to insist that every car had all-wheel drive. Only wheels were sold and after the P-34 failed to perform well in the 1977 season, it went down in history as the only six-wheeled sports car.
13 THE 1969 FERRARI SIGMA
If there is one car manufacturer synonymous with Formula One because of the success of the team and the way it has been involved in the sport from the start, then Ferrari is the one team everyone else strives to win and which most drivers dream of having the chance to race with their massive design department. In their facilities due to their road car business, they have been able to design a number of stunning concept cars, one of the most striking actually being created by pinaferina, an Italian bus builder who often works with Ferrari on several projects known as Ferrari Sigma was unveiled in 1969 and looks almost as futuristic now as it did back then based on the Ferrari 312, and the designer behind it saw the risks involved in formula one at the time and the number of drivers who died in accidents due to a lack of safety standards, so they didn't Sigma was designed not only to look futuristic, but it also took in new ideas to make driving safer including multi-layered driver survival cell fuel tanks, tanks and A unique fuel-extinguishing system made of a plastic protective body to prevent the wheels from engaging with other cars and seat belts although it was possible in the 1960s that some of these ideas were not incorporated into a single formula for car designs to this day, which demonstrates the extent This concept really advanced for its time.
12 RENAULT TWIZY F1
Competing in Formula One is a very expensive endeavor that easily costs hundreds of millions of dollars a year if you want to be in the race to win races so only the biggest car manufacturers in the world can commit that money they still need to get something for this on Although publicity is unfortunately not enough, most of the technologies they develop for racing cars can then be adapted to their road car business at times, although this goes a bit too far, and in 2013 Renault unveiled a new concept car that is twizy f1 the twizy itself was a small electric car that originated as a concept car but entered production due to its positive reception and the energy harvesting technologies used in formula one had already emerged, the f1 version was a completely different beast although it included a kinetic energy recovery unit and is one of two electric power systems which boosted the combustion engines used in Formula 1 cars coupled with a boosted electric motor generating 9 7 hp, this concept had a top speed of 68 mph, but an acceleration of Impressive it was on par with Renault McGonn, where it was hard to win a world championship, but it was interesting to see what the electric part of a Formula 1 engine could do if it was running on its own chassis.
11 LOTUS 88
One of the limited aerodynamic capabilities under current Formula 1 design regulations is the amount of downforce that can be created by cars, and that's basically how much cars stick to the road and affect the speed at which they can move around corners, an effect that has been harnessed for maximum during The late 1970s, but with so-called ground-impact cars whose drivers exerted massive lateral forces to try to keep things from getting out of hand, the regulator restricted the use of skirts around cars which was the main way downforce was created, so the design team at Lotus found A new way to get around these rules is by creating a main chassis inside another chassis and the Lotus 88 was born incredibly fast and barely had to decelerate when turning but there was an uproar among other teams that designed cars for this season that complied with the intent of the new rules while the Lotus 88 was built completely and intended to race at sea in 1981 n was banned from the championship and is still just a model car and one that would have almost completely won this season cm if it is allowed to compete.
10 BEAUTIFUL RIZZO CONCEPT
Nice concept Rizzo In recent years Formula One has been taken over by new owners and management teams The man in charge of the technical side of things is a strong Ross who often participates in interviews to talk about his vision of where the car designs of the future will go after a private tech talk in In 2018, he talked about reducing the polluted air that cars produce to increase the chance of overtaking the designer named Jamil Raza, and he came up with this amazing concept of what future cars could look like. Some safety features such as the halo that cars should have now, but it is probably possible that the true beauty of the car's curves and style can be seen. Any current design and similar aesthetic in the rear certainly looks futuristic but the styling influences of a car like this d also mean it leaves less polluted air in its wake which in turn means that a car approaching from the rear will be able to get a lot closer and have a much more chance of trying to speed up the main criticism of the sport For now it is not overtaking so if this can be increased while making the cars look cooler he would probably complain.
9 THE RENAULT 2027 VISION
Renault's involvement in formula one has been on and off over the past few decades as the company either built engines for other teams to use or used its own team to demonstrate its engineering capabilities. This means that the company is well aware of what is and isn't possible when it comes to designing cars, so any concept car released from the design department is something to note that's why a lot of fans were excited when Renault released details of its Vision 2027 car that the company proposes could be completely viable to race that year and features a fully transparent cockpit making it even more driver safety but also retains the illusion of open racing Each car will be custom-built based on the driver’s individual measurements Under the wheel Made of lightweight, highly resistant materials LEDs are embedded throughout the body which can be used to deliver information to such as the location the vehicle is currently positioning Racing and how much fuel or power you still have with the C-shaped front and rear fin blade, it's inspired by cars through Renault's past But it brings it into the modern age.
8 WILLIAMS FW07D
Nowadays it is rare for independent teams to be able to succeed in Formula 1, mainly because it is not backed by the huge investments that some of the big teams have, but Williams has been a force that has always been there since he first entered the championship in 1977. The team won With nine manufacturers' championships. Including the 1981 and 1982 Championships and were looking for the next great design to use in the 83. What they came up with was the spiritual successor to the FW07C Championship which won both championships but the FW07D was an entirely different beast. It went from being a four-wheeler to a six-wheeler, but unlike other attempts to do so, there were four wheels in the back and two in the front, and the reason this was a smart idea is that rules were introduced to limit the amount of downforce. The car could produce anything exempt created within the wheel arches by adding more wheels, and there was theoretically more space that could be used to create downforce so the car would be much faster in cornering than the four-wheeled competitors despite their weight on the racetrack showed that the concept of The fw-07d is a great race car but will not eventually be entered into the championship after explicitly banning six-wheeled cars.
7 THE MP4-X CONCEPT
In 2015, McLaren applied the technologies, sister company to the McLaren Formula 1 team, and launched this amazing concept car they called the mp4 x again with an enclosed cockpit design, something there are growing calls for improved safety, this car looks like it's built around a flying parachute Fighter instead of a land vehicle, moreover, the wheels are also completely enclosed which is another safety feature to prevent it from contacting and tangling with the wheels of other cars, as well as allowing it to be surrounded by sensors that can give real-time data precisely when it wears out a lot and needs To replace, there are also highly advanced aerodynamic principles to give the car as much downforce as possible and an active rear wing that the company says will be fitted with charged electrodes that can be used to swerve the air around the wings into plasma based on what everyone expects in the end they don't have any future option The mp4x will be fully electric and this design has batteries built into the body where they can collect power from the brakes from solar panels across the entire vehicle and possibly Even inductive charging built into the tracks.
6 MIELE LILIMET CONCEPT
While most future Formula 1 car concepts include a lot of smaller looking cars, this idea created by Miele Lilamet takes things in a different direction known as the Formula E concept, inspired by design from Formula 1 cars throughout history and has been The introduction of electric drivetrain, particularly familiar in the 1970s and 1980s, is expected to replace the entire combustion engine over the next decade or so with wheel protectors to protect and control tires that seem unusual compared to modern designs but certainly give it a futuristic edge.
The concept also has an enclosed cockpit, something most people expect to become a requirement in Formula 1 soon, but this design is transparent and designed without any seams or dividing lines to bring it as close to the race as possible. In the open cockpit, the cockpit is also extraordinarily placed forward, this makes room for battery packs and rear motors with huge intakes on either side to keep the engine and brakes cool with the air flowing, it is conceivable that the battery pack would be large enough to be fitted to these The car is such that it can compete the entire race to the same distance as it is being raced today without the need to recharge.
5 THE FERRARIS FERRARIS
On the roads of the future are some of the most beautiful and in-demand cars on earth, and their Formula 1 designs are usually just as amazing as the team that has been involved in supporting the longest of them all, the most recognizable and the most supportive of all the people on the grid, They are in Ferrari's DNA to push Formula One as forward as possible, and that includes developing future concepts to try to help guide the sport's design principles. The design studio company did this by making the car more streamlined and streamlined than current regulations allow and one that almost everyone agrees would be a huge improvement on existing designs, this wasn't just a vanity project or a Ferrari showing off its creative skills but a purposeful political stunt as well. At the time these images were released, the Formula 1 teams and authorities were in discussions about how the technical regulations could be for the future and by seeing the overwhelmingly positive response to this concept, it was hoped that some of the changes needed to make this possible could be voted on.
4 MCLAREN HONDA ENCLOSED COCKPIT CONCEPT
Andreas von overbeak is a serious F1 car enthusiast and someone involved in the car's creative design, who would do better to come up with a concept that stays true to what the sport is all about while providing some serious candy to the covered fans McLaren Honda was inspired to do So after many accidents involving drivers and open cars, and they knew that cars of the future would inevitably have enclosed cockpits, this is very controversial in the Formula One community as most people stick to the idea that this will lose an element of excitement and limit the sensations experienced by drivers, but If that means it saves lives, it's certainly an idea worth exploring in this concept, the cockpit is transparent so fans can still see the driver inside and it's heavily inspired by car designs of the last decade, the side pods for example resemble those that Used by McLaren in 2011 and the only major departure from the current design The markings are the curved wings, the wider rear tires and the slightly increased width No to the overall car and the smaller front wing which means the car is not sensitive to the turbulent air produced by any cars in front of it on the track.
3 BRABHAM BT46 A FAN CAR
That originally started as a concept, the Brabham BT26 fan car will likely go down in history as the most outlandish car ever to have competed in Formula One and arguably illustrate why the rules are now so strict about the developments teams can make to integrate it into the Their designs created for the 1978 season at a time when all the teams were trying to find a way that could increase their downforce, Gordon Murray the team's lead designer at the time had come up with an incredible idea which was the original version of the car that had some serious flaws in its The design that overheated and as a result became prone to failure during the race, to counter that they installed a giant fan in the back or at least that's what they claimed was a convenient side effect of being held exactly in place, and that was also that it sucked air in from under the car to give it a great deal of downforce, things became more suspicious when she noticed that when the car was in the track garage, the team would cover the fan with a dustbin lid, so it doesn't One could see what he was really doing, except that he raced in this formation once in the championship during the 1978 Grand Prix in Sweden, not surprisingly so. He easily beat every other car on the field, such a landslide victory that the other teams complained to the regulator and despite their ruling that it was legal to race for the rest of the season, the probham quickly withdrew this particular design out of fear that continued use would bring down the association Formula One makers where teams work together to improve the sport.
2 THE MERCEDES OVERBEEKE CONCEPT
The concept overbig mercedes is one of the world's largest car manufacturers and over the past decade has become the team that excels in Formula One despite having participated sporadically since the 1950s Mercedes won its first constructors' championship in 2014 and has continued to win every year since Then because they are on the cutting edge of design right now, anyone trying to visualize what cars in the future will look like will inevitably think about how Mercedes will design their car, which is why when Andreas Vaughn was excelling at climbing a famous car designer from the Netherlands came up with A concept of what he thinks the car will look like in 2025, he follows the design approach that Mercedes has applied to all of their cars inspired by the futuristic beauty of fighter planes, and the concept also assumes that safety rules in Formula 1 will continue to be improved and departs from some of the design features most people expect from A Formula One car, the obvious difference being that it has a fully enclosed cockpit which is a controversial idea with purists but there is no doubt that in this example it has been done in an incredible way that goes beyond the ordinary. The way it looks, the other big difference with this car is that most of the parts have been engineered so they can be 3D printed which means that it will also be cheaper to produce than the cars being raced today.
1 RED BULL X 2014
Red Bull is of course known as a manufacturer of energy drinks, but the company has invested huge sums in exciting and exciting sports all over the world, and one of the biggest commitments is to run not one but two Formula One teams for the number of years they have been the dominant force in the sport, and this has been Thanks to the efforts of their lead designer, Adrian Newey, as with all the designers involved in Formula One, it was both a challenge and an inconvenience for him as there were so many rules about what could and could not be implemented on the design of the car they often dreamed of being able to create. Something without restrictions, they learned that he got this chance in 2013 as part of the newly released Gran Turismo 6 video game known as the 2014 X. It had a theoretical top speed of 249 mph and had a fan installed in the rear to give a huge amount of downforce of course since it was never built in real life we can never be sure how much better n that happened on a redbull f1 in the same year but there was a way to get an idea of head team driver Sebastian Vettel used the game to drive his actual Formula 1 car around the Nürburgring then the 2014 X-and surprisingly the 2014 x-lap finished in 30 seconds faster.