F1 evolution timeline infographicSay what you will about Formula One, but the sport remains a showcase for some of the most impressive automotive engineering on the planet. That's nothing new, either. F1 has always served as a showcase for pure design in the pursuit of a singular purpose. One creative soul has taken the time to pay homage to F1 race car development over the decades with a unique wireframe animation. The short clip takes us from 1950 to present day, from straight-eight engines to mighty V12 powerplants and the shrieking V8 monsters of today.

Ruf Blacklock, the mind behind the video, has also worked up an awesome infographic timeline detailing the emergence of various technologies over the years. Following the course of the infamous Autodromo Nazionale in Monza, Italy, the timeline shows us exactly how the sport grew from the classic racers of the '50s to the tech-laden machines of today. It's nearly as interesting as the video itself, and you can check it out by clicking on the inset photo above. You may also take a look at the video below.

Evolution of the F1 Car from Ruf Blacklock on Vimeo.



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      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      It should be a two minute video instead of a one minute. It's too much to take in the year, the shape and the engine configuation all at the same time at this speed.
        Derek
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Drakkon
        It gave it replay value. I've played it 4 times. Love it.
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Really cool video.
      CBJMNWLD
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pretty neat to see how the seating positions and cylinder configurations changed. Enjoyed it
      IVIaster
      • 2 Years Ago
      When did they start to regulate how many cylinders you can have and in which form. They went from a I8 to V12 to I4 back V12 and again to I4 and finally to V8. I never imagined they would used a I4. How did Ferrari let that happen?
        RocketRed
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IVIaster
        Cars were using I4 turbos in the 80s. These were possibly the most powerful engines ever to be put in an F1 car. Cylinder count, in recent eras, became regulated in the V-10 and the subsequent V-8 formulas.
        Drakkon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IVIaster
        Not every team used the same configuration. Honda was using a 1.0 litre V-12 the same year Ford was using an I-4. There was a lot of variation back in the 1960s in particular. None of them were bad engines.
      Q
      • 2 Years Ago
      Current F1 car has no traction control, abs or stability control, not a single computer driving that car. Driving an F1 is probably more abusive physically and mentally than any sport out there right now.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      m
      • 2 Years Ago
      This serves "no purpose", but we need more animation like this in our lives !!!
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice video. It must have taken a lot of time to do.
      lthrnck68
      • 2 Years Ago
      Best time for F1 was 60s and 70s. Jim Clark, etc.
      AJ
      • 2 Years Ago
      Things really slow down from 2002 onwards.
      bbisfun2
      • 2 Years Ago
      cool...should have gone back further, tho...Auto Union, Mercedes.....
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