#2303: GripMap

In Formula 1 racing, each tyre is expected to lose around 0.5 kg of rubber in the course of a race.

A large fraction of this comes off as granules which are blown or can be swept to the side of the track later.

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A significant amount, however, adheres to a racetrack surface, which makes the task of tacticians in the pits all the harder. Should we start on the softest compound…or wait?

Today’s invention is to allow abs brakes to be fitted to cars during practice.

Teams could thus identify precise locations on the track where wheels began to lose grip before racing began in earnest.

Teams would be required to pool their data, so that everyone would have access to a roughness map of the track on race day -to help them make more effective tyre selections.