Seven UK-based Formula One teams have teamed up to produce the necessary medical equipment to help treat coronavirus patients in the UK.
Collectively known as the Pitlane Project, seven teams include Haas, McLaren, Mercedes, Racing Point, Red Bull, Renault and Williams are working with F1 to coordinate the response to the British government’s call for the production of medical devices.
Devices such as ventilators are important in treating patients with severe symptoms, shortness of breath and need to be treated in a hospital. Due to the sudden increase in coronavirus cases in the UK, ventilators are in short supply and the government has called on the country’s industry to help achieve its goal of producing 30,000 new ventilators in the coming months. F1 has made an official announcement about this and outlines how the teams will use their expertise to help the country in this difficult time.
The Pitlane project focuses on three workflows that vary in scope from reverse engineering of existing medical devices, supporting increased production of existing ventilator designs, to quickly design and produce new equipment prototypes for certification and production.
In each process, the Pitlane Project will gather the resources and capabilities of its members to achieve the highest efficiency, focusing on the core skills of the F1 industry: rapid design, prototype manufacturing, testing. Experienced and skilled assembly. F1’s ability to respond quickly to technical and engine challenges allows them to add their value in the engine industry’s quick response program to meet national requirements, close contribute to control of disease situation.
The focus of the Pitlane Project will be to coordinate and address quickly identified challenges. Seven teams are also available to assist in other areas that require rapid response, advanced technology to cope with the disease situation.
Ferrari has also used its technical expertise to assist the Italian government against the effects of the coronavirus pandemic in Italy, as well as donating 10 million euros in support of the Italian Civil Protection Department.
The Mercedes team also teamed up with University College London engineers who worked with clinicians at University College London Hospitals to create Continuous Positive Airway Pressure that provides oxygen to the lungs without a ventilator.