Looking at the outside of a Formula One race car is all well and fine, but apart from its aerodynamic elements, it really doesn't tell you very much about how it works. The secrets, as with a great many things, are hidden inside. And that's not a place many F1 teams – hard as they've worked on developing their cars and keeping their inner workings secret – would be eager to show to the world.

However most teams, in this instance, would not include Sauber. The Swiss squad founded by Peter Sauber has given starts to such notables as Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Nick Heidfeld, Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen. And now the engineers in Hinwil have taken one of their cars and split it in two – lengthwise right down the center-line – to show us the juicy bits inside.

The endeavor could not have been as easy as taking a chainsaw or even a Goldfinger-style laser and cutting it in two. In fact, the task took the team two years to complete, and all you have to do is scroll down and watch the video to see the results.

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New film footage shows an F1 racing car sliced into two!

And now for something completely different: for the last two years the Sauber F1 Team mechanics have been using their downtime to slice a Formula One racing car lengthwise down the middle with the precision of true craftsmen. A new film is now set to give this cutaway model its first public viewing.

"Formula One is all about cutting-edge technology," says Chief Designer Matt Morris at the start of the five minute film. "We've all seen countless pictures of racing cars, but wouldn't it be great to really explore inside it – as if peering into the core of an apple?"

Morris quite literally gets underneath the skin of the F1 car, pointing out where and how the individual components are located within the chassis. Everything is packed in pretty tightly, with no space even for his aforementioned apple. Sergio Pérez is also on hand to demonstrate the driver's seating position.

The film is now available in HD quality as a free download from the media section of the team's website (media.sauberf1team.com). There is also a transcript available in English, German, Spanish and Japanese as a word file.

The film may be used for media purposes only. Commercial use is subject to agreement with the Sauber F1 Team.

Registration is required to gain access to the media section and takes no more than one to two minutes.

You can watch the film immediately on YouTube: http://tinyurl.com/cato8u5

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