Williams Once Tested A Formula 1 Car Without Suspension

No springs, no dampers, nothing. Better yet, they filmed the whole thing.

4y ago

Suspension, it is a fairly important part of any race car. Teams spend countless hours tuning and tweaking every piece of the suspension to eek out another hundredth of a second. So you would think it would be one of those components that would never, ever receive consideration for removal. Yet in 1980 Williams tested a F1 car without any springs or dampers. All in the quest to maximize the effect of the side skirts to squeeze every piece of efficiency out of the ground effects package on the car.

If that wasn't crazy enough, they allowed a film crew to document the entire test. Imagine that in today's F1? It wouldn't happen. Bring a camera to a private test and you are likely to be no so gently removed from the premises. But lucky for us this was the 1980's and teams were far more relaxed about things and we end up with some glorious video.

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Comments (3)

  • I cant believe it was actually faster with no suspension.

      4 years ago
  • the stiffer the suspension : the softer the seats. Rule of the thumb.

      4 years ago
  • Oh this video again....... Slow news day?

      4 years ago