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Formula 1 wants to make sparks cool again

Formula 1 wants to make sparks cool again


Titanium skid blocks might become mandatory in race cars

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Sparks might soon fly at the Formula 1 circuits. Autosports writes that F1 teams considered using glowing brake discs and vapor trails to make the world-famous races more dramatic, but eventually settled on '80s-esque sparking cars. According to Autosport, provisional approval has since been given by the F1 Commission to implement these plans in 2015, which will involve installing titanium skid blocks on all cars. Steps are currently being taken to determine where best to position these attachments — normally used for safety purposes — in order to produce the most grandiose effects.

Both Ferrari and Mercedes are outfitting their race cars with skid blocks for the upcoming Austrian Grand Prix practice on Friday, marking the beginning of an upcoming series of tests. If the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile's World Motor Sport Council sanctions the idea next week, we may soon see Formula 1 races lit once again with spectacular sparking cars.