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How Formula One Engineering Changes the World

Apparently, the engineering discoveries made in motor racing have been extremely helpful in other domains as well, such as space travel or the army.

According to the Telegraph, the new exhibition called "Fast Forward: 20 ways F1 is changing our world" opened at the Science Museum in London shows the audience how the Formula One technology has been extremely useful in other areas as well.

"Formula One engineering is a thriving activity in the UK. I hope the exhibition provides a unique perspective, and will appeal to a wide range of visitors, including those who aren't necessarily interested in motor racing," explained  Katie Maggs, the curator of the exhibition.

When it comes to space travel, the lightweight materials first discovered in motor racing have helped the 2003 Beagle 2 land on Mars.

As for the Marine, a leg brace that reduces the impact of repeated shocks to the legs suffered by United States Marines traveling in rigid inflatable boats in heavy seas was invented with the help of the principles used in hydraulic dampers in Formula One.

More importantly, babies that need urgent medical treatment have also been helped by the engineering in Formula One. Babypod II, a container used to carry babies that have to be transported immediately to the hospital, was made from the carbon fibre shells used for the body of racing cars. The container is considered an innovation because it is lighter than a conventional incubator and it can be easily stored in cars and helicopters.

But that's not all! Fishing addicts also benefit from the advantages of the Formula One technology as the tire design of racing cars have inspired a low-friction rod that makes fishing easier because less effort is needed.

However, these are only a few of the amazing inventions that have been done with the help of Formula One technology. If you happen to be around, you might want to take a visit to the exhibition and check them out yourself.
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