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.
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!