As the new sponsor, or “Innovation Partner”, of Infiniti Red Bull Racing, FLIR Systems released a video showcasing the capabilities of their infrared thermal imaging cameras. It shows a Red Bull F1 car doing some literally hot donuts through the lens of a FLIR camera.
These images, of course, have great scientific value, as engineers can study thermal characteristics of their cars’ components and operations, and that’s a key aspect of ensuring reliability. All we care about though is how cool donuts and burnouts look in infrared!
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. The insights which FLIR technology can give us will be critical to our understanding of the new car and could give us a key edge over our rivals.”