The AMR21The AMR21
A Formula One car is on the bleeding edge of technology, a staggeringly complex jigsaw of lightweight components and precision engineering. The push for excellence drives development of materials and tech that will power our future road cars.
2021 rule challenges
While the ruleset is largely stable in 2021, one change is a particular challenge for Formula One teams. New rules for 2021 have stripped the rear bodywork of a series of complex winglets that helped balance the car at high speed. The challenge is to regain the aerodynamic benefits elsewhere on the AMR21.
To manage costs, the 2021 rules demand that all teams carry over the design of their 2020 monocoque, the carbon-fibre survival structure that houses the driver, cockpit and fuel tank. Bolted atop the chassis is Formula One’s newest safety device, the Halo. This titanium structure was introduced in 2018 and must be able to withstand peak loads of around 12 tonnes without failure.
Power and efficiency
The AMR21 is powered by the Mercedes-AMG F1 M12 E Performance, a 1.6-litre V6 turbo-hybrid power unit, which is a product of Formula One's stable engine regulations that have produced the most efficient Formula One engines ever constructed.
Exploring cutting-edge materials
Formula One provides the perfect environment for testing and developing cutting-edge new road car solutions, such as hybrid powertrains and electrical energy storage systems. In 2021, Formula One has permitted the use of eco-friendly natural fibres, such as hemp and flax, which can be moulded and bonded just like carbonfibre. It’s a fascinating look at the direction in which material manufacturing is headed.
The launch of the new AMR21 is also the celebration of a new beginning for Aston Martin.