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Where we struggle for atleast 15 minutes to half an hour to change a punctured tyre of our car, all four tyres of a formula one car are changed in 3.5 seconds during a pit stop. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxC3itJkqps this is how Ferrari team managed it in a record 3.3 seconds.
Unlike road cars, the F1 cars have a single central lock nut that secures the wheel on the suspension uprights. This ‘lock’ is quickly pushed in with the help of pneumatic gun to release the wheel during a pit stop, and the tyre changer then pulls it again to lock the wheel once the tyres have been changed. F1 wheels are usually made from forged magnesium alloy due its low density and high strength. They are machined in one piece to make them as strong as possible.
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