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Formula One Racing is, quite simply, the paramount of karting. It is the professional form of the sport in its
entirety. Formula One is an international phenomenon, a media conglomerate that rakes in millions and
millions of dollars a year from advertising, sponsorship, and broadcast revenues.

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Formula One Racing is, quite simply, the paramount of karting. It is the professional form of the sport in its
entirety. Formula One is an international phenomenon, a media conglomerate that rakes in millions and
millions of dollars a year from advertising, sponsorship, and broadcast revenues. Professional drivers with
millionaire bank accounts race these majestic kart marvels that are unprecedented, flush with technological
luxuries - everything from hard to produce lightweight frames that glide the machine to tires with
unsurpassed grooving style that exemplify powerful movement on the circuit.

There is no sport that bests epitomizes the term "global sport" like Formula One racing. Many countries
serve as active participants in shaping the professional karting scene - for example, Malaysia is a hot spot for
racing (Fernando Alonso, a Spanish-born driver under Team Renault recently won a race there) and Italy
plays a vital role in designing and manufacturing first class, top-of-the-line karts. Drivers and racing
personalities hail from all parts of the word - you have the charismatic and popular Italian Renault boss
Flavio Briatore, the handsome young 23 year old racing prodigy in Fernando Alonso who stars in a Renault
Megane commercial with his pet pig, and one of the highest earning sports figures in world history in
Michael Schumacher. Rivalries are common in Formula One - adding the edge of excitement with every zip
of the curve and nitrous boost of the machine.

In order to better become acquainted with Formula One racing, we must understand its organization. Karting
goes way beyond pitting 3 2-cycle engine machines against each other on an oval circuit. Formula One is
divided into drivers & their respective teams. Under such trademark car companies like Renault, Ferrari, and
Toyota - each driver has an assembling cast of staffers consisting of mechanics, engineers, and designers all
working towards one goal: to make that speedster faster using all the resources at their disposal. Headed by
team bosses that are adept at creating sponsorship opportunities and assembling the best cast for each team,
Formula One employs the finest specialists in the business with backgrounds in computer and automobile -
even specialists with aerospace experience! High end, (rare technology reserved for space projects) in some
instances, create the fastest and most efficient car possible. According to FI rules, racing teams must design,
construct, and built their own karts from scratch. The staff is the pride of each individual team - capable and
able to win every 57 lap enduro race from Malaysia to Great Britain.

Formula One cars can be summed up in two words: technological marvels. These sleek, low riding gems
ripping through laps at speeds topping 200 mph. consist of more than just a chassis, an engine, and four
wheels. For starters, the engine is located behind the cockpit as opposed to standard automobiles. They
consist of 10 cylinder engines that produce heat which propel the kart forward. Team engineers are always
looking into ways to make their engines more powerful. Currently, 1000 bhp (a scale for horsepower) has
not been topped - it is up to the teams to produce an engine which would fare well supporting speed as well
as support the chassis. And as we know, there is a snug open cockpit for Jarno Trulli to maneuver his
machine in.

Construction of Formula One race cars is unprecedented. The first rule of thumb in designing a bonafide
piece of framework is to make it weigh as least as possible. Less kart weight correlates to faster speeds. For
this reason, team brains use lightweight material that is hard to construct. The minimum weight of a kart
must be 600 kg including the driver. This ensures a level playing field, although teams are allowed to keep
their money making construction methods a secret from other teams. Team staff is very highly regarded in
the Formula One business. Their technological and dynamical know-how of the machines they build is a
valuable asset to any team. And like free agents, they are lured and signed by the likes of companies creating
a recruiting war for their services. Of course, there are restrictions for creating karts. You cannot add nitro
boosts to your machine or use technology that resembles life in the year 3000. Teams are always looking to
bend the rules slightly and coming up ways to beat the competition legally.

Professional kart tires have to have optimum characteristics to ensure smooth driving. For one, tires have to
have grooving technology built into them. For the novices, grooves are indented lines in tires that allow for
it to slow down considerably on turns and to adapt to the track surface. No matter what the technology, kart
tires are simply not adept at withstanding the rigors of asphalt, concrete, and dirt. For this reason, Formula
One racers are allotted two pit stops during the course of a 57 lap race to change tires. If you've ever
watched a Formula One race, team staffers with lightning quick hands have an extremely limited time for
which to remove and replace tires in the pit stop - often times not exceeding over 7 seconds! Regulations are
placed on tire grooves (a minimum of four) to allow for an even playing field for all racers. Remember
enthusiasts, grooves serve more to slow down the kart than to speed it up.

Chassis construction with its illustrious carbon fiber material, tires with indented grooves, team specialists
with a knack for speed, and engines which burn heat like calories is the epitome of a Formula One race car.
All of these attributes contribute to the performance of the vehicle in racing lap after lap. As a result of all
this technology, Formula One cars leave people breathless reaching consistent speeds of 200 mph. on the
race track. More impressive is the time needed to go from 0 mph to 100 mph - 5 seconds! Formula One is
only moving forward with the advent of new features - like improved horsepower engines, more lightweight
materials, new ballasts to add weight to the car, and more. Behind that stylish, mind blowing chassis that
pique our interest is that top-class technology that makes Formula One racing so great.

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