F1 cars are built in these British sheds
Meet the unsung men from the Home Counties who keep F1 at the cutting edge...
Posted: 22 Nov 2012
Sat on land consecrated by the original MG factory, Zircotec supplies some form of its nuclear-grade heat-protective coating technology to every F1 team on the grid.
And good lord, this stuff's clever. The coating protects vulnerable composite parts from getting damaged by heat - so stuff like carbonfibre brake guards, engine airboxes and floors -by applying a 0.3mm layer of ceramic.
But this isn't Ming Dynasty spec - it's a special concoction that only sticks to stuff when it's applied with a 14,000°c flame at twice the speed of sound. The method uses so much power that Zircotec has to have its own substation (its electricity bills are £5000 every month).