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Mercedes' Incredible Wheel Design Stopped Tyres Exploding

Mercedes were really struggling to control their tyre temperatures, which isn't good for lap-times, but more importantly, can become extremely dangerous at high speed.
But as ever, the incredible Mercedes engineers got to work and came up with a radical new wheel design. I'm going to show you how they did it and why it's so different to a normal F1 wheel - a bit like the one I have here from a 2007 Renault F1 Car.
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For the past few years, Mercedes have had the most dominant car in F1. But in 2018, Ferrari were starting to pose a real challenge, managing to win the first two races with Vettel getting ahead in the championship. It was starting to look like the Mercedes domination was coming to an end.
So, why is tyre temperature so important in F1? What's it like to manage a set of tires in a race? And, how did Mercedes solve their biggest problem and go on to continue their dominance in F1?
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00:00 Mercedes' Big Problem
00:50 Ferrari vs Mercedes
01:29 Why Save Tyres?
02:50 How Do Tyres Wear?
03:41 Changing Driving Style to Save Tyres
04:28 Mercedes Wheel Design
05:13 Toe Angle and How It Heats Tyres
05:41 Why Fins on the Wheel?
07:41 What if Tyres are Too Cold?
08:28 How Mercedes Fixed the Problem

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  1. Driver61

    Driver61

    4 kuukautta sitten

    What do you think to these incredible wheel rims?? It's incredible to see the engineering that goes into each and every part of an F1 car!

    • sadakotube

      sadakotube

      11 päivää sitten

      I recall there was some concern that these wheels were considered movable aero back in the day

    • Klaus Stock

      Klaus Stock

      Uukausi sitten

      ​@Gaylord Cockburn Formula One is not meant to be the fastest vehicular formula race possible. Essentially, *the races need to convey emotion,* and for that, *we need to able to cheer to a person.* By 2005, F1 cars could easily exceed 400km/h under controlled conditions (not in a real race). Factors limiting the speed are FIA regulation and race track modifications (shorter straights, more curvy). Still, when you see F1 cars "creep" around a corner, they still go at 280km/h. Not a mean feat. When an F1 pilot hits the brakes, the seat belts restrain the person with a force equivalent to the weight of more 0.4 metric tons. When going around a curve, the neck has to keep head on the shoulder despite forces exceeding 25daN. Image attaching a curling stone to your head before going to a hard rock concert and then headbanging, constantly. That's easy...that's not as hard as what an F1 pilot has to endure. The obvious solution would be to replace the pilots with robots. And then you can cheer to a robot instead of a human...but that'll be not as emotionally satisfying. Not quite. Still, I agree that F1 racing nowadays seems to be more about getting around the next year's new regulations than about actual racing.

    • Nelson Lopez

      Nelson Lopez

      2 kuukautta sitten

      I want some of those for my geo metro!

    • Overcast Friday

      Overcast Friday

      2 kuukautta sitten

      Do they use nitrogen?

    • kurt Mora

      kurt Mora

      3 kuukautta sitten

      They literally redesigned the wheel

  2. Steve

    Steve

    12 tuntia sitten

    What's the point of racing these days?

  3. M R.

    M R.

    13 tuntia sitten

    Perez be like: 😎 im the king on tyre management

  4. Daniel Hertz

    Daniel Hertz

    4 päivää sitten

    Why are the fins non-directional?

  5. Tony cow

    Tony cow

    5 päivää sitten

    Im not really into f1 racing but your videos have started coming up my feed and are very interesting..... subbed.

  6. Malik est.96

    Malik est.96

    7 päivää sitten

    Idk why I am here but I learned a lot.

  7. Alex Alfons

    Alex Alfons

    10 päivää sitten

    so they turned the rim into a fan, rally cars have been using this since forever lol

  8. Kathryn McMullen

    Kathryn McMullen

    11 päivää sitten

    Sexy car

  9. Javier Casanova Morrison

    Javier Casanova Morrison

    12 päivää sitten

    Is this similar to having a blown wheel nut?

  10. Betim Ameti

    Betim Ameti

    13 päivää sitten

    Great content!

  11. john pontes

    john pontes

    13 päivää sitten

    Is Lewis Hamilton really the best driver? Merc is so good innyhe last few years

  12. john pontes

    john pontes

    13 päivää sitten

    I wonder if I would even be capable of making the tyres fail

  13. gopikesh pulimoottil

    gopikesh pulimoottil

    14 päivää sitten

    You look a lot like kimi 😅

  14. Stefan Pariyski

    Stefan Pariyski

    14 päivää sitten

    7:35 Breaking a boundary layer (BL) is not a thing. Making it transition from a laminar to a turbulent BL causes the increased cooling, that you describe. The BL is still there, it's thickness is even greater, than the laminar one, it just transfers heat better. You could in a sense "break" a BL by having holes in the wall, where you introduce high energy fluid into the BL and accelerate it, but that is not the case here.

  15. The Beast 680

    The Beast 680

    16 päivää sitten

    Normally Mercedes is known for overpriced cars that are no better than normal ones, but in Formula 1 they have really caught up

  16. Nicholas O'Connor

    Nicholas O'Connor

    16 päivää sitten

    f1 has such amazing tech, cars and drivers yet is somehow some of the most boring racing to watch.

  17. Alpharius

    Alpharius

    17 päivää sitten

    If things keep trending this way F1 will become quite akin to stock car racing soon.

  18. Nicole Nera

    Nicole Nera

    17 päivää sitten

    FIA shouldn't do that..they constricting the creative and genius minds of the engineers to the tackle those problems..

  19. Sly Carl

    Sly Carl

    18 päivää sitten

    This video just prove even your a mediocre driver if you're in a good team with excellent engineering you can be a champion

  20. Uncle Ned

    Uncle Ned

    18 päivää sitten

    So, basically, the tyres have their own climate control. That's very clever!

  21. Sin Eater

    Sin Eater

    18 päivää sitten

    I think it's Tires not tyres...spell ✔️ 😂

  22. Ali Zain ul abideen

    Ali Zain ul abideen

    22 päivää sitten

    FIA is killing F1

  23. b font

    b font

    23 päivää sitten

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  24. Felipe Pizano

    Felipe Pizano

    26 päivää sitten

    F1 has become an Engineer's sport. In the old days, the best driver could stand out with a regular car, nowadays the best car can make a regular driver a top three on the grid.

  25. lx Video Stuff

    lx Video Stuff

    Uukausi sitten

    why this video includes so many subjects?

  26. Finn Bridgham

    Finn Bridgham

    Uukausi sitten

    bono

  27. Spiral X

    Spiral X

    Uukausi sitten

    Ferrari,,,are you listening?

  28. Blitz-Mekanika

    Blitz-Mekanika

    Uukausi sitten

    So he essentially made the rim a turbo fan🤯.

  29. Rishaan Ag

    Rishaan Ag

    Uukausi sitten

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  30. Hyperion Jr

    Hyperion Jr

    Uukausi sitten

    *tires heh

  31. TheThirdMan

    TheThirdMan

    Uukausi sitten

    New rules don’t stifle innovation, they stimulate it. Stop moaning about the FIA. They’re just doing their job.

  32. Phil Stiles

    Phil Stiles

    Uukausi sitten

    I do not know why this video is over 10 minutes long. Ten seconds is all that is needed to say cooling fins pressed into the rim to increase surface area. Done!🤫

  33. pete tuxford

    pete tuxford

    Uukausi sitten

    Unsubscribing most annoying face

  34. Electricaps

    Electricaps

    Uukausi sitten

    Trackmania reactor wheels: *nervous sweating*

  35. Jyps Ridic

    Jyps Ridic

    Uukausi sitten

    The very last clip of a car hitting a wall at the end made a question pop into mind. If a situation were to occur where you came to a dead stop in a way that you could continue driving from, but you could also play off some mechanical failure and leave the race, but either way there was no chance of overtaking the last placed competitor; would it be better to leave the race or finish dead last? Discounting good sportsmanship.

  36. Unscented Napalm

    Unscented Napalm

    Uukausi sitten

    'literally' x954

  37. Mark B

    Mark B

    Uukausi sitten

    Amazing innovation but I think Gordon Murray is on the money with modern F1 engineering. I would love to see what could be!

  38. smartcar demolition derby

    smartcar demolition derby

    Uukausi sitten

    if the FIA banned it, you KNOW it's an innovation!

  39. chapa435ify

    chapa435ify

    Uukausi sitten

    FIA 2025 all participating cars engines and drivers will be homologated and provided by the FIA to entering teams.

  40. dan theman

    dan theman

    Uukausi sitten

    every team has little innovations like this not just mercedes. Its just that mercedes are winning so people tend to point out their designs !!!!

  41. Joshy Mitsu

    Joshy Mitsu

    Uukausi sitten

    I blame the french

  42. frenchiveruti

    frenchiveruti

    Uukausi sitten

    Your voice sounds robot

  43. Noldo

    Noldo

    Uukausi sitten

    Shame that such an incredible technology led to victory of such an a-hole brat ...

  44. Bob Thompson

    Bob Thompson

    Uukausi sitten

    When you look at a fighter jets air intake you'll see that there is a gap between the skin of the jet. That's because of boundary layer air and they don't want it into the engine. I think it could stall the engine.

  45. Bob Thompson

    Bob Thompson

    Uukausi sitten

    Idk how many rim manufacturers wind tunnel test their wheels but fondmetal says they do. To me though is what way would you want the air to go? In from the outside hitting as much as is possible and directly onto the rotor and calipers? But also putting air under the car (bad). Or pulling air from underneath the car. And HEY MAYBE A NEW FAN CAR IDEA. WOOOOOO but probably not lol. But it is the correct way imho. And also why the brake dust gets on the rims.

  46. Paul Berger

    Paul Berger

    Uukausi sitten

    and a big F-U to the FIA for stifling innovation ONCE AGAIN

  47. krvnjrcbs

    krvnjrcbs

    Uukausi sitten

    The wheels are cool. But the cars have gotten hideous.

  48. The Car Industry

    The Car Industry

    Uukausi sitten

    I think that’s revolutionary

  49. Misty Boi

    Misty Boi

    Uukausi sitten

    Why couldn't they just make Mercedes rims and supply them then

  50. jax rammus

    jax rammus

    Uukausi sitten

    What i hate about modern f1 Have a car with a problem, you solve this problem and the governing corp makes a regulation to give universal rims to all teams... eliminating all effort, time and money put into the engineering if they dont fix the problem, and give the other teams the benefit of your labor. Why bother making cool technical rims if the other teams get them through regulations?

  51. Petidani0330

    Petidani0330

    Uukausi sitten

    All these people ranting about how "the evil FIA bans EVERY innovation developed by Mercedes", it's hilarious. The "evil FIA" gave Mercedes all these uncontested wins by the token system between 2014 and 2016, and banned literally everything in and on the Ferrari and Red Bull cars in the following years to give Mercedes the edge. It was about goddamn time that they finally started to turn their attention on the team that has dominated F1 for 7 whole years with an average gap of 1 second ahead of the closest rival. You know guys, these kinds of rulechanges happened every 2-3 years in an era where one team dominated, so this screwing around, letting the dominant team enjoy their lead for more than 6 years is really unprecedented.

  52. Push To Start

    Push To Start

    Uukausi sitten

    Scott, I’m pretty sure Hamilton’s left front from Silverstone would disagree with you ...

  53. Kinang Eagle

    Kinang Eagle

    Uukausi sitten

    Hmm yeah. Stop from exploding (until the last lap)

  54. PROMO :!:!:

    PROMO :!:!:

    2 kuukautta sitten

    ARE U AN EX F1 MECHANIC 😂?

  55. Professional Gamer

    Professional Gamer

    2 kuukautta sitten

    *Bono, my tyres are gone*

  56. Tommy Douglas

    Tommy Douglas

    2 kuukautta sitten

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    Abdullah Tarmoom

    2 kuukautta sitten

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  58. Gottlieb Dee

    Gottlieb Dee

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Surprised this is such a big deal. I'd noticed over the years that a lot of alloys, (most?), that have a turn on their spokes effectively making them vanes, have them such that they draw air through the rim and out away from the car. Mercedes have just refined it.

  59. Alphonse James

    Alphonse James

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Someday someone will create a better compound than rubber and this will all look so old school in a couple of years.

  60. Nelson Lopez

    Nelson Lopez

    2 kuukautta sitten

    damn so much info! thanks

  61. Sport Fanatics

    Sport Fanatics

    2 kuukautta sitten

    They also probably just did this so they didn’t have to here “BONO MY TIRES ATE GONE”

  62. Sport Fanatics

    Sport Fanatics

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Just casually has a f1 rim

  63. Peter Pan

    Peter Pan

    2 kuukautta sitten

    I HATE ANNOYING MUSIC AND THE OVERUSE OF THE WORD HOWEVER.

  64. P Denny

    P Denny

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Tires*

  65. Freya Wion

    Freya Wion

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Bono, my tyres are not gone.

  66. C.G.C

    C.G.C

    2 kuukautta sitten

    I'm somehow wary of the German influence on FIA and all the advantages they might have gained out of it.

  67. Jed Lawrence Ulep

    Jed Lawrence Ulep

    2 kuukautta sitten

    I really admire how you explained the technicality of the wheel aerodynamics. you made the explanation look easy. Cheers mate!

  68. FBI

    FBI

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Pink Mercedes taking more notes

  69. Anggia Hutabarat

    Anggia Hutabarat

    2 kuukautta sitten

    It's 2 months ago not last week

  70. Colonel Panic

    Colonel Panic

    2 kuukautta sitten

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  71. Ben Wilms

    Ben Wilms

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Will the FIA just issue a standard whole car, and innovation just become completely illegal. I feel like they're turning unique horses into homogeneous camels.

  72. Space

    Space

    2 kuukautta sitten

    5:48 is where the "wheel design" solution is actually explained : /

  73. Jason Stewart

    Jason Stewart

    2 kuukautta sitten

    How do you even manufacture a wheel as complex as that?

  74. Greg Olson

    Greg Olson

    2 kuukautta sitten

    I’m going to have to watch this twice to really get the physics 😂 I lost you at hot tire means more wear

  75. Cyrill Anicoche

    Cyrill Anicoche

    2 kuukautta sitten

    They literally redesigned the wheel

  76. Sean Crothers

    Sean Crothers

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Not using NITROGEN in tires??

  77. SO Music

    SO Music

    2 kuukautta sitten

    The best f1 channel out there !!! Follow,Sub & Notifications ON

  78. Gwentarino Kripperino lkjdsfa

    Gwentarino Kripperino lkjdsfa

    2 kuukautta sitten

    why is the FIA so annoying jesus. why would you ban something that makes the car safer?

  79. Lorenzo Bontorin

    Lorenzo Bontorin

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Well wasn't this the year where Pirelli changed the tires midseason? Just asking

  80. i_hate_cars

    i_hate_cars

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Contrary to popular belief, it's Mercedes's

  81. Rattus Norvegicus

    Rattus Norvegicus

    2 kuukautta sitten

    0:27 hands still on steering wheel, thumbs compromised re potential injury, during initial impact. Hands only removed from steering wheel after front wheels had impacted tyre wall. Watching one of your vids yesterday, I thought of a design for an item of driver-wear that I believe would increase lap times. Reckon I may be onto something. Will credit you for the inspiration when I have the patent secured and the spondoolies rolling in :)

  82. Deadass Bee

    Deadass Bee

    2 kuukautta sitten

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  83. KipacWF

    KipacWF

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Sooo, pay to win?

  84. MagicStick

    MagicStick

    2 kuukautta sitten

    5:15 - are u sure? that's camber :)

  85. Louis Bryant

    Louis Bryant

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Formula 1 is boring as fuck now. I want to see drivers going head to head for the win without caring about tyre wear. The FIA should let teams do what they want with their cars, rather than banning new innotivate technology after a few races.

  86. Der Igel

    Der Igel

    2 kuukautta sitten

    So what now? Heat the tire or cool it?

  87. Azide Azidoazide

    Azide Azidoazide

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Where do they find these drivers?

    • Qaiser The Cuber

      Qaiser The Cuber

      2 kuukautta sitten

      It's started from a 7 year old kid in a go kart I'm not joking

  88. Jessé Steinert Barbiaro

    Jessé Steinert Barbiaro

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Are you son or grandson of Nigel Mansell?

  89. ComputerNerdInside

    ComputerNerdInside

    2 kuukautta sitten

    And just like usual, F1A killed it with "regulations". Why is this sport still alive if their innovation gets choked out the minute it's born?

  90. BABIS FOTOS

    BABIS FOTOS

    2 kuukautta sitten

    a question to the administrator. are these wheels used only once, on one gp??? or they use them again??

  91. baikia777

    baikia777

    2 kuukautta sitten

    F1 team : *innovate* FIA : Umm you can't have that. F1 team : But we didn't break any rules! FIA : Well yes.. But other teams keeps whining since you keep winning. Soooo...

  92. weaton25

    weaton25

    2 kuukautta sitten

    I think all of the drivers should take it in turns to drive every car how can we say that Hamilton is the best driver if he always drives the best car its like saying that all runners should where different shoes some in walking boots and other in normal shoes F1 is a joke

  93. Alvin Ahammed

    Alvin Ahammed

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Mercedes-We stopped tires exploding! Also Mercedes at the Sakhir GP-You know what, we will let Russel's tire pop since he's new

  94. metamorphicorder

    metamorphicorder

    2 kuukautta sitten

    They increased air flow and surface area of the heated mass to decrease heating or in this case thermal managment. Basic stuff. If you know how heat works its a nautural conclusion when the question is asked, how do we control the temperature of the mass in question.

  95. Aidan Reed

    Aidan Reed

    2 kuukautta sitten

    When you said Boundary Layers, i got major flashbacks to my fluids classes...

  96. Ollie Cole

    Ollie Cole

    2 kuukautta sitten

    "Ferrari also had the better pitstops" Ferrari: How the turntables

  97. Adriaan Heydenrych

    Adriaan Heydenrych

    2 kuukautta sitten

    You should see my steering assist system

  98. jorge Ramos

    jorge Ramos

    2 kuukautta sitten

    7:05 why? Why using the water cooled air cooler?

    • Matěj Macák

      Matěj Macák

      2 kuukautta sitten

      Water can extract heat from the heatsink better than air

  99. yobryan88

    yobryan88

    2 kuukautta sitten

    That is what I dislike about F1, FIA, they are so so slow and very conservative on change, shame.

  100. podulox

    podulox

    2 kuukautta sitten

    YEE KNOW TOO MUCH!

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