As hard as it is to believe, Formula 1 cars cannot be started from the cockpit so if you stall it on track you’re out. In a conventional starting system the battery powers a solenoid which shifts a pinion in line with the flywheel. The starter motor itself is then activated and the car starts. However in F1 this system is a weight penalty – and just so happens to be forbidden in the regulations – so an external starter is used.
The starter motor itself is a pretty robust piece of kit and I managed to get a few photos of McLaren’s at Goodwood. Continue reading