Car starter – how does it work in F1?

Category: Technology

Firing up an F1 car is a process that takes time and utilises an external car starter. The engine is so precise it has zero tolerance and it will not start if cold. So the engine and gearbox must be preheated before starting can be initiated. 

F1 cars need to be as light as possible so there is no room for a starter on the car. Therefore an external unit inserted at the rear to fire up the car. 

(Photo by Rainer Schlegelmilch –

This is an older clip, referring to the V8, but the equipment and principal are exactly the same today. 

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