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Formula One: Evolution in Motion

Formula One has hardly changed from its early days.

Whether you’re a fan of Formula One or not, there’s no way around the fact that it is the race series that pushes the boundaries of technological evolution more than any other. It is where virtually every advancement in racing equipment is born, and also where racing excitement goes to die. Yes, in many cases, it has become little more than a very high-speed parade, with no passing and very little drama, but if the racing isn’t all that exciting, the technology certainly is.

In the earliest days of F1 racing, the focus was on driving faster, at any expense. Strange designs that no human could fit inside? Enormous levels of heat-soak into the driver’s compartment? Cars that will likely kill you? Never mind all that, it’s not important. Go faster!

Now, of course, the focus is on going as fast as humanly possible without dying, and really, where’s the fun in that? But, as we mourn the passing of all that is interesting, we can at least look back on the heady days that have sadly slipped away. A man named Rufus Blacklock has put together an awesome video that shows the evolution of the Formula One car from 1950 to the present day. It’s only a minute long, but it may take up the next hour or so of your life. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

[vimeo width=”700″ height=”394″]http://vimeo.com/43233380[/vimeo]

Edit: Thanks to skitter for pointing this out to me. I couldn’t remember whose Facebook page I had seen it on, but I did finally track down who to thank!

  • The Professor

    Very cool.

  • pj134

    The GIF form was posted in the forums, pretty cool in that form too.
    http://forum.hooniverse.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&amp

    • Deartháir

      Eugh, I hate forums. I suspect I miss out on a lot of stuff over there.

      • pj134

        I'm not one to complain about duplicity of awesome, just saying that there's a quick format of it too.

        • Deartháir

          Sorry, not bitching at you. Just commenting on my distaste for forums in general, so it's entirely possible we'll see overlap from time to time.

          • The Professor

            I haven't looked at the forums since they started them. I suppose I should go check them out again, maybe, perhaps when I'm not so frigging busy…

          • pj134

            Speaking of work, has anyone bombed your office recently?

          • The Professor

            No, I've been staying on top of things pretty much so no one has felt the need to get my attention.
            Evidently.

          • pj134

            That's good to hear.

    • skitter

      And my hat tip on the facetube was to Scandanavian Flick, because that's where I first saw it before throwing it up for those that exist outside the 'verse.

      • pj134

        No one exists outside the 'verse.

        We are your reality.

        • skitter

          We are figments of each other's imaginations.

          • pj134

            [youtube mVf2EeTMNJo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVf2EeTMNJo youtube]

          • craigsu

            Interesting that the spelling of the album title led me to believe this was a band with British roots. Turned out I was right. Good stuff, I'll have to add them to my Pandora radio stations.

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