Rufus Blacklock has created an incredible animated timeline for the evolution of the design for the Formula One cars. The designs go from Formula One’s inaugural season in 1950 thru to the latest designs of 2012. As you can guess, Rufus is a big F1 fan and collecting the data and compiling it into the video and infographics below took him a while, but it was well worth the effort.
Formula One car designs have changed massively since the sport had its Inaugural Season in 1950. The first car to win a Formula One was the Alpha Romeo Alfetta 158 which was driven by Giuseppe Farina at Silverstone on May 13 1950.
As you’d expect, the later designs are worlds away in terms of design, power and speed. McLaren showcased their latest design for the Formula One 2012 season back in February when they unveiled the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-27. (Tech Specs) McLaren finished second last year in both drivers’ and constructors’ championships, so have high hopes with their latest design in the 2012 season.
Here is Rufus’s video showing the evolution in Formula One design from 1950 to 2012
Here’s an infographic showing the evolution of the various designs of steering wheels they used.
Here’s an infographic showing the map track history of F1 cars across the circuit at Monza. The cars are grouped into decades, around the track you can follow various innovations and driver aids, some of which became banned later on.
Sources: Wikipedia, McLaren, BiPlaneBlues