F1 Car Construction is done under the guidance of the FIA, the governing body of the championship. A slew of rules and regulations guide the construction of Formula 1 cars.

Car Construction

F1 Car Construction is strictly controlled by Federation Internationale de Automobile or the FIA, the governing body of the sport. An array of rules has to be followed while making the cars. The objective of these rules is to make cars as safe as possible for the drivers. These regulations mean that all cars turn up for the races with almost similar size and dimensions.

Safety Cell
The safety cell, consisting of the cockpit and the fuel tank, is main part of an F1 car when it comes to drivers' safety. It is mandatory for the safety cell to fulfill the criteria denoted by the FIA. It must have a shock absorber in front of it.

Protective Features
Several protective features have to be followed. The cars have two roll structures in different positions. One of these is placed just behind the head of the driver while other is kept at the front position of the cockpit. Post construction, the cars go through a number of tests to test reliability.

Size and Dimensions
FIA regulations control the size and dimensions of Formula One cars. The vehicles must be no more than 180cm wide. Bodywork ahead of the rear wheel centre line should be maximum of 140cm wide. Bodywork behind it must be maximum 100cm wide. Front and rear overhangs have been set to 120cm and 60cm respectively from the wheel centre lines.