Formula One: Made in Britain
Ahead of this weekend's GP at Silverstone, take a look at just how British F1 is
Posted: 26 Jun 2013
Also Made in Britain: Zircotec
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 heat damage - stuff like carbon-fibre brake guards, engine airboxes and floors - by applying a 0.3mm layer of ceramic. It only sticks to stuff when it's applied with a 14,000°Celsius flame at twice the speed of sound. The method uses so much power that Zircotec has to have its own substation. And if you were wondering, its electricity bill is £5,000 every month...