If you are a Formula One race car fan, you know how exciting this racing sport is for the audience to watch all the drivers go around the tracks. However, did you ever think about the maintenance costs associated with the cars? For example, Red Bull spends anywhere from $170,000 to $200,000 on their nose cones on just one car.
Function and Description of a Nose Cone
For those unfamiliar with the nose cone part of a Formula One car, it is the piece that attaches to the front wings that usually take the full force of the brunt during all those laps around the course and during the crashes that occur. However, it is the nose cone, which is actually what stabilizes and absorbs the structural in lines with their carbon constructions to deal with the frontal down-force and intense energy exchanged during such crashes.
Due to the expense of Nose Cones (and many other parts, about 200 various parts in all) go through a precise and thorough screening analysis to determine how much serviceable, shelf life (miles) are left in a piece; such as the Nose Cone.
It is during this period that Milton Keynes receives this essential, expensive part of the Red Bull, Formula One Car (RB14).
His precise procedures include:
- A visual look over
- Then the piece gets all of the paint and stickers taken off by stripping it down
- Next is a determination, as to whether the shape of the Nose Cone has become deformed through a process, known as, a hexagon laser scanning
- And finally a look to see, if there are any cracks through an ultrasonic test, along with a depth level measurement.
- Once all of the initial investigative work is completed and approved, it is at this point, the load testing begins.
Green Flag Approval
You might assume the job is complete, but there is still sanding and painting (several layers) to be done with their acclaimed matte lacquer. If this sounds like a lot of work, you are right, but at the cost for Nose Cones with their carbon fiber components, it saves money in the long run. Speaking of painting, a car goes through about 21 paint jobs in a year’s time.