THE McLAREN F1 IS DESIGNED FOR GREATER TORSIONAL AND BENDING STIFFNESS THAN ANY OTHER PRODUCTION CAR EVER BUILT
The McLaren F1’s advanced-composites monocoque comprises the entire chassis/body unit, combining both uni-directional and woven carbon fibre materials. Most primary structure panels are double-skinned and stiffened by aluminium honeycomb. The McLaren f1 possesses immense torsional and bending stiffness.
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The primary structure was designed and developed using a computer aided design finite element analysis programme to optimise both material thickness and fibre orientation for maximum strength, stiffness and safety – sophistication impossible with traditional chassis materials.
The monocoque’s primary strength derives from two longitudinal large-section floor beams, uniting lateral cockpit bulkheads. Behind the driver’s seat, a sturdy pier rises integrally with the engine air-box to provide exceptional roll-over protection, integrated into the roof and A- and B-pillars, to form an enormously strong ‘survival cell’. This is augmented by a tailor-made driver restraint harness and laminated fixed cabin glass throughout.
Front and rear crash structures – composite forward mouldings and the Inconel rear silencer box – far exceed all legal requirements worldwide. The Formula 1 specification puncture-proof fuel cell is also safely centre-mounted.
The engine doubles as a load-bearing chassis member, mounted against the tear cockpit bulkhead and attached to two monocoque shoulder beams at the rear.
In each front engine mounting, intricately tailored semi-flexible bushes rigidly transmit traction and braking loads, while absorbing vibration and noise. All major torsional loads from the rear suspension are similarly absorbed via flexible bushes uniting each cylinder head to the shoulder beams.
The totally-integrated carbon structure has been created entirely within McLaren cars’ own advanced composites facility, incorporating materials and techniques at the forefront of this technology – several of them unique in road vehicle manufacture.
In This Article
- 1The original McLaren F1 press release in full - Every detail of the incredible V12 supercar
- 2The McLaren F1
- 4For the driver
- 5History of McLaren
- 6McLaren today
- 7McLaren F1 design concept
- 8McLaren F1 chassis and structure - currently reading
- 9The chassis
- 10McLaren F1 suspension and steering
- 11McLaren F1 braking systems
- 12McLaren F1 wheels and tyres
- 13McLaren F1 styling
- 14McLaren F1 aerodynamic concept
- 15McLaren F1 ground effect
- 16McLaren F1 centre of pressure control
- 17McLaren F1 engine and transmission
- 18McLaren F1 engine
- 19McLaren F1 transmission
- 20McLaren F1 electronics
- 21McLaren F1 ergonomics
- 22McLaren F1 interior
- 23McLaren F1 equipment
- 24McLaren F1 glass
- 25McLaren F1 audio system
- 26McLaren F1 finish
- 27McLaren F1 craftsmanship
- 28McLaren F1 specification
- 29McLaren F1 technical specification