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Carbon Brakes

Introduced by the Brabham Team in 1978, these offer improved performance and superior durability to the steel brakes they superceded. Carbon disc brakes operate at their best when heated to extremely high temperatures, up to 1000 centigrade. Therefore, they are not suitable for road going cars as there performance when cold is very poor - braking after a long motorway drive - forget it!.


Carbon Fibre

This is an ultra-light, but extremely strong material that has been used to manufacturer vehicle parts including the McLaren F1 road car. It was introduced to the World of Formula 1 racing in the 1970's in the form of large but light wings. McLaren were the first team to use it to produce the whole monocoque of a Formula 1 car in 1981.


Carburettor

The part of the engine that controls the engine speed. This is done by controlling the amount of air and fuel. The basic amount of fuel is normally controlled by the needle valve.


Catalunya

Catalunya is home of the Spanish Grand Prix and is situated in Barcelona.

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Cd

This is a dimensionless coefficient and is simply an indicator of how aerodynamically efficient a car is. However, multiply this by the frontal area and you can then compare designs and calculate how much effort is required to push the vehicle through the air.

See also: Aerodynamic Drag.


CdA

Aerodynamic efficiency (Cd) multiplied by frontal area (A). This will tell you how much effort is required to push the car through the the air at a given speed.

See also: Aerodynamic Drag.


Chassis

This is the part of the car in which the driver sits and to which the engine and suspension are attached. In modern Formula 1 cars the chassis is a monocoque design manufactured from carbon fibre.


Chicane

A sequence of tight corners. Often inserted on straights to slow cars into the following corner. A number of race tracks have been modified to reduce speeds.


Circuits

See: Tracks.


Control Horn

An arm fastened to a control surface to which is connected the control rod.

See also: Servo.


Corgi

Started in 1934 by Mettoy of Swansea and named after the breed of dog. Since then a many and varied history. They are now owned by Zindart based in Hong Kong, American owned.

See also: Diecast Cars.

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