The first natural fibre composite F1 seat made with Bcomp’s ampliTex™ and powerRibs™ technologies was raced for the very first time at the 2021 British Grand-Prix, when McLaren Racing’s Lando Norris piloted the seat to an amazing 4th place.
Since we first revealed in 2020 how McLaren Racing collaborated with us to develop F1’s first natural fibre seat, an eventful year has passed. The use of our sustainable lightweighting solutions has been extended off the race cars and a thorough sustainability analysis has showed how natural fibre composites allow the team to save up to 85% of CO2 emissions on Lando’s seat.
In addition to the seats, McLaren Racing has also found uses for ampliTex™ in its timing stands and engineering islands. The move to ampliTex™ natural fibre composites on the new timing stand and engineers’ island has not only a positive impact on the CO2 footprint of these structures but also lead to a significant reduction of 3,450 kg in travelling freight. The impact of these weight savings really comes into effect considering that the team’s equipment moves around the globe between Grand Prix locations.
Want to hear all the details about how McLaren Racing is now using natural fibre composites off the car as well as on it and what they have learnt about these sustainable lightweighting technologies? Then make sure to read the full article on McLaren Racing’s page!