Formula 1 teams must redesign their cars every season to meet the latest regulations. The Chief Design Engineer at Williams, Ed Wood, describes the changes to the design of a Formula 1 car for the 2009 season, including changes to the aerodynamics and the introduction of KERS. KERS – Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems – is an innovative system in which the energy of braking can be stored then used to provide a power boost when needed. When developed it could be used in everyday machinery, such as lifts or trains. Transmission Engineer Anja Flossbach explains how quickly her designs are applied to a car and the excitement of working at Formula 1.

First broadcast:
11 June 2009

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