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Although the World Solar Challenge is intended to be a challenge rather than a simple “race”, the quest to be first is one of the things that drives innovation. And, just as F1 gave the world disk brakes, some of the innovations helping to drive the World Solar Challenge will probably end up giving lessons and technologies to …


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  1. ScottAS2

    "just as F1 gave the world disk brakes"

    No, sports car racing gave us modern disk brakes. Specifically, the Jaguar C-Type, although the idea had been used on Lanchesters half a century earlier.

    So now you know.

    Stop, because that's what disk brakes are for.

    1. The Sod Particle

      Re: "just as F1 gave the world disk brakes"

      OK, what about ABS Or traction control, both now banned? Turbos? Carbon fibre monocoques?

      Not that F1 invented these technologies but it did make them practicable.

    2. Lars Silver badge

      Re: "just as F1 gave the world disk brakes"

      Yes, according to the Wikipedia:

      "Disc-style brakes development and use began in England in the 1890s. The first caliper-type automobile disc brake was patented by Frederick William Lanchester in his Birmingham factory in 1902 and used successfully on Lanchester cars"

      but before the Jaguar C-Type there was a lot of cars.

  2. John Smith 19 Gold badge

    So are these pyramids photo etched in or a "casting" from say an etched Si wafer?

    Enquiring minds and all that.

  3. bugalugs

    Re: pyramids

    a sort of fresnel-ly lens ?

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