Why do F1 cars spark?

FORMULA ONE cars have an impressive list of parts to make them go as fast as possible around tracks. Formula One cars have titanium skid blocks underneath which produce the spectacular sparks seen at tracks like Spa. These skid blocks protect the wooden planks which make up part of the floor of the car. The floor then scrapes along the track, producing a light show behind the car as it drives. Especially when full of fuel, the material underneath the cars would scrape along the tarmac, making the infamous sparks we see so often during races. Former race car driver Nigel Mansell would even seek out bumps in the track to create sparks in order to distract drivers close behind.

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