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
At the quiet end of an industrial estate in Oxfordshire, there's a shed that's home to 90 years worth of motorsport experience, including time served at Williams, Benetton and Renault F1. In it, men potter around quietly turning sheets of thin Inconel into full-blown Formula One exhausts.
Thumbing through the sheets of metal, Managing Director, Pat Barrett, explains: "An exhaust's got two main functions - removing gas and scavenging waste gasses so they induce cylinder filling. The first bit's pretty simple - pulses of exhaust gas leave the cylinders and flow through the primary pipes into a collector, which is the bit of the exhaust where the pipes merge.
"The second bit maximizes the high velocity travel of pressure waves down the primary pipe, - if you get the physics right, you can help the cylinders fill back up with air and fuel, maximizing the power and torque. And we build the whole thing from flat sheet metal for several teams right here."