The Monocoque

  • The history of the chassis

    Lotus was the first to introduce the monocoque -- or chassis -- to F1 in the 1960s, but it was McLaren's "daring move" to make it with carbon fibre 20 years later that made F1 cars truly light, faster and safer.

  • Spotlight on the chassis

    Designing and manufacturing a monocoque -- or chassis -- is lengthy as designers strive to make it as light as possible. Lewis Butler, chief designer at Caterham F1 walks CNBC through the process.

  • Leadership: Eric Boullier

    "You cannot hide" in F1 racing as your performance is judged every two weeks with lap times says Eric Boullier, racing director at McLaren F1, who also talks about how to hold on to your star staff.

  • My moment #1

    Racing driver, Simona De Sivestro talks about her first time driving a F1 car -- while Gary Burt from Mercedes-Benz World recalls a practical joke.

  • Let's Break it down: The chassis

    The monocoque -- or chassis -- is the central part of the F1 car. It's vital to performance and also safety, as Mark Priestley, F1 expert explains.

  • Tactics challenge

    Is Formula 1 too safe or too dangerous? Our experts debate.

  • My moment #2

    Tom Reddington and Ed Redfern from Mercedes-Benz World recall their experiences with racing drivers Martin Donnelly and Jenson Button.

  • F1 to your car: Trying out new material

    Carmakers are starting to use composite material instead of just aluminium in their new models. A technology first introduced by F1 cars... .

  • Behind the numbers

    How much does a monocoque -- or chassis -- cost? How many will be used by each team each season? CNBC compiles the numbers.


  • Torie is a presenter and lifestyle reporter who is guest presenter for One Second in... F1 Racing.

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