Diminutive in size, enormous in output
Formula 1 engines produce nearly 1,000 hp and accelerate vehicles from 0 to 100 km/h in around two seconds. What is required is a specially developed high-performance clutch to transmit this power to the transmission.
This highly advanced clutch can transmit a torque of up to 1,000 Nm, made possible with a special carbon friction material. In stark contrast, a clutch fitted into a conventional mid-size car has to transmit a torque of just 400 Nm.
A Formula 1 clutch has to deal with around ten times more energy at a launch sequence than a conventional clutch. In performance terms, this means the power density is roughly 100 times higher than a conventional clutch due to the slimline design.