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WATCH: Here’s what happens inside the engine of a Formula 1 car

Time to brush off your high-school physics.

FIONA MACDONALD
10 MAY 2016
 

If you happen to know a little bit about cars or physics - or both - you'll probably be aware that combustion engines create motion by blowing up fuel and oxygen, creating force that pushes pistons down and causes the wheels to turn.

That's all well and good, but how - from a scientific point of view - does a Formula 1 race car use those same laws of physics to get a whole lot more power than your crappy old car?

In the second episode of this new series, extreme engineer Jimmy de Ville and science presenter Greg Foot break it down with some glorious slow-motion footage. And because that's not enough fun, they give a masterful demonstration of how a turbo charger works by launching their own bottle rocket. Once again, there are explosions involved, so don't try this at home. 

This story was sponsored by Honda Racing F1.

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