|First, we must gather staff. No matter how much budget you have or whether everything is outsourced, the company must know and understand racing to produce a F1 wheel. Including this season, there are a total of four brands. In F1, there are 10 types of cars. RBR and STR are almost
the same dimensions so the wheel specs are similar, but the rest of the cars are different specs. The aerodynamics differs but the suspensions and standard dimensions do not different much. Not to say, we must refer our R&D based on specification changes.
Design is wheel pro versus the F1 team.
Lightweight, strong, and rigid are what is expected of both sides automatically. Which is why feedback from both sides are crucial to developing a strong product. However, currently the 13 inch wheel must clear the brake calipers
as well as fitting of a carbon cover for brake cooling. As well as clearing room for the suspension arm itself. Which means even 1mm clearance is essential. Sometimes, pushing the dimensions to .02mm is necessary.
Analysis means creating designs then running a simulation. It is very detailed and cannot be defined by a regular analysis software. Most anaylsis outcome are from data taken from actual runs and races. Which is why data is fedback from each test and races over the years. Same with engine blows occurring after running so many mileage, same goes for wheels after running so many mileage. A decceleration calculated at G momentarily is the same as 6G.
On a corner, a G momentarily records at 5.5G. (The Turkey GP circuit's turn 8 records this G within 8 seconds)
To make it easier to understand, a 600kg F1 machine momentarily calculates to be a 3.6ton machine! This data is used to make such analysis.
RAYS has began supplying F1 wheels since 2007.
It was a short 8 months of R&D we had. This is because RAYS has the history and experience of building race wheels in-house. Also, to the WF1 engineers' extensive knowledge of their expertise. This was made possible by professional
racers and professional wheel producers.