A max speed of 225mph, a steering wheel that looks like something from a space ship and an engine that can run at up to 15,000rpm… Mail Sport brings you our ULTIMATE GUIDE to a Formula One car as the new season gets underway in Bahrain

They are a jaw-dropping feat of engineering that has been fine tuned to reach phenomenal speeds of 225mph and a max power of 925bhp. Drivers are put through some astonishing levels of G-force and must undergo strict training regiemes in order to prepare themselves for the forces that will confront them while out on the track. Drivers also have specialist HANS (head and neck support) that reduces levels of G-force and can help to prevent severe injuries in a crash. Meanwhile, the car is operated by a V6 1.6-litre engine that can run at approximately 15,000rpm and is so powerful that the car requires a DRS system (drag reduction system) and a downforce system to help it move in a straight line and keep it on the track. Here, Mail Sport brings you the complete anatomy of a Formula One car.

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