So far this season Nico Rosberg has clued us in to why this year's Formula 1 cars look like they do and how the drivers sit inside their cockpits. For his next installment of Grand Prix Insights, along with the help of a Mercedes F1 engineer, he goes over some of the features of the carbon fiber monocoque that has allowed drivers to walk away from crashes that would have once been very bad news.

McLaren was the first team to use all-carbon-fiber monocoque 31 years ago on the MP4/1, and even though it took years for teams to be able to make their own shells instead of using aircraft suppliers, the idea of carbon fiber innovations in the automotive world is tied to the sport.

Watch the video below to find out what's happening at the bleeding edge of carbon fiber construction today. The crash test with the 3.5-kilogram chassis nose without wing at the front of a 775-kg sled shouldn't be missed.



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      JDam4131
      • 2 Years Ago
      it was all good until the cheesy smile at the end >< lol
      Hal20xx
      • 2 Years Ago
      Speaking of F1 safety, I just watched the documentary "Senna" last night about the late Ayrton Senna. Absolutely fantastic movie. One of the closing lines was how there hasn't been a single death since 1994. Truly astounding considering the speeds they are reaching.
      Jarett Schneider
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you really want to be safe, drive a Hyundai accent instead.
      supreme.pizza
      • 2 Years Ago
      These thick headed fat yanks don't know what F1 is.
      imag
      • 2 Years Ago
      Drivers make ridiculous technical spokespeople.
      eeee
      • 2 Years Ago
      hehehe he said cock
      SublimeKnight
      • 2 Years Ago
      Did anyone else notice the hatred / pained expressed when the engineer said the word "regulation"? (around 3:10)
      jonnybimmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Title of post should be changed to "Nico Rosberg explains why his F1 car is so ugly"
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can't they start fitting those in cars too?When the cost falls of course...
        BranMM
        • 2 Years Ago
        I was going to say that McLaren uses a carbon fibre monocell in the MP4-12C, but then you said "cost falls", so nevermind.
          Bryan South
          • 2 Years Ago
          @BranMM
          Pretty much every super car uses one. Even as far back as the Ferrari F40.
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      s2000_turbo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lweeeegi where is maaario
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