Formula 1 hots up with thermal imaging
Flir Systems has been named an innovation partner with Infiniti Red Bull Racing. The winner of four consecutive Formula One World Champions in both Constructor's and Driver's categories, Infiniti Red Bull Racing will work with Flir to gather temperature data from its 2014 challenger, the RB10.
In the partnership, Flir will develop solutions using world-class miniature thermal cameras to provide the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team with insights into the thermal characteristics of their cars' components and operations.
The introduction of 1.6 litre V6 Turbocharged engines with dual energy recovery systems has presented significant cooling challenges for all Formula One teams in 2014. Managing car temperatures effectively will be a key aspect of ensuring reliability, a factor which is expected to play a significant role in determining the outcome of this season.
Commenting on the collaboration, Christian Horner, team principal of Infiniti Red Bull Racing, said: ‘This year sees the most fundamental changes to Formula One in well over a decade. The team which is most efficient in gathering the relevant data, learning effectively, and adapting accordingly will be the one which triumphs in this season of transition.’
‘This partnership comes at an exciting time for Flir,’ said Andy Teich, president and CEO of Flir. ‘With the launch of our Lepton thermal micro-camera, we see numerous applications for thermal technology in the racing world. Also, as we are launching several new consumer oriented products with this technology, we look forward to the broad awareness this relationship will bring. We are thrilled to align the FLIR brand and technology with the Infinity Red Bull team.’