Put on your racing coat

Wishbones from F1™ car treated with ceramic composite coating, 2008

As an F1™ car powers round the track, its exhaust system glows bright orange. Heat released from the exhaust can damage sensitive car parts, reducing performance and creating a serious risk of fire. Fortunately a special ceramic coating sprayed on the surface acts as a protective barrier and prevents heat transfer. Several F1™ teams also apply ceramic coatings to their carbon-composite body panels.

Now, for the first time, the same coating will be applied to road cars in 2009, helping protect delicate internal parts from heat damage. Engineers believe the technology has future potential in aeroplanes and even space applications.

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