Formula One tyres technology has inspired incredibly non-slip boots and a fishing line that allows anglers to cast further.
These are just two of the fascinating insights into how the racy, glamorous world of F1 racing technology has affected the more pedestrian aspects of our lives.
Now a new exhibition demonstrates how the tyres design, safety features and even organisation of pit crews have a far-reaching effect on everyday life.
The exhibition, ‘titled Fast Forward: 20 Ways F1 is Changing Our World’ has opened at the Science Museum. Curator Katie Maggs said: ‘Formula One engineers – like many engineers – really have a driving spirit about problem solving.’
One of the most practical items on display is a simple fitting for a boiler. Formula One engine oil filters use strong magnets to pull iron and mangetite out of the oil that could damage the precision-milled surfaces of the engine.
At home, similar particles clog up boilers and radiators, so an in-line filter employing the same technology has been developed and is already available.
As a result, according to Ms Maggs: ‘your radiator is far more efficient and helps you reduce energy consumption.
‘It just goes to show that this tehnology trasfer reall does affect the common man or woman.’
Better hot foot it down to the Science Museum before 5 March 2010 if you don’t want to miss this one.
Alex Kapadia, etyres Operations Executive