The Williams motor racing team has begun a battle to win acceptance in Formula One motor racing for its water-cooled braking system.
GV & SVs William racing car and engine.(4 shots)
GV Chief designer for Williams, Patrick Head, speaking. (MUTE)
GV Banner outside hotel reading Federation Internationale de L' Automobile. (2 shots)
GVs & SVs Delegates arrive at meeting.
GV & SV Delegates at meeting. (5 shots)
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HEAD: "The water-cooled brakes are supplied by this container here, from which the water is taken at the bottom by this pump, which is operated by a pressure-sensitive switch taken from the brake lines on the car so when the driver puts his foot on the brake pedal, just as on a normal road car the brake lights would come on, instead we don't have brake lights on these cars, but this pump starts running, which feeds the water out of this pipe here and off to the front brakes and to the rear brake down the suspension members and into the centre of the discs and out and comes out at the centre of the disc in the form of steam having removed from the disc a large part of the heat." (AS HEARD).
SPORT: MOTOR RACING
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Background: The Williams motor racing team has begun a battle to win acceptance in Formula One motor racing for its water-cooled braking system. This was rejected at a recent FIA (Federation Internationale de l' Automobile) hearing in Paris, which in turn caused a boycott of last Sunday's (25 April) Imola Grand Prix in San Marino by Williams and the other major British teams. The Paris hearing upheld a claim by Renault and Ferrari that rapid depletion of water in the cooling system meant Williams cars were running below the minimum weight level for Grand Prix racing. Williams maintains the system has been accepted in the past, and argues the Paris decision constitutes a change in motor racing rules. Williams also argues that the Renaults and Ferraris themselves operate and engine system -- turbo charging -- which is questionable under FIA rules. Both the issues of water cooling and turbo charging are being discussed at the FIA meeting which began on Wednesday (28 April) in the Moroccan city of Casablanca. In an interview in the English town of Didcot on Tuesday (27 April), William's chief designer Patrick Head defended the water cooling system.