UFI Filters confirms Formula 1 leadership in filtration systems

February 28, 2024
UFI Filters confirms Formula 1 leadership in filtration systems
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UFI Filters, a leading international group in the field of filtration, thermal management and technologies for the development of hydrogen mobility, has cemented its position as a top producer of filtration systems by supplying nine of the ten teams competing in the 2024 Formula 1 season, which starts on 2 March with the Bahrain Grand Prix.


The announcement is a prestigious recognition of the technologies developed by the High-Tech Division of UFI Filters, founded in 1999, and for the company, which has seen a continuous series of successes in the motorsport's top category since 1978.

In Formula 1, UFI Filters does not limit itself to providing teams with oil, air and petrol filters. The complexity of today's racing cars also demands up to fifteen filter elements in a car. In total, UFI produces around 8,000 such F1 filters annually.

For Formula 1, each filter is tailor-made for the needs of the different teams, with customised solutions provided in terms of size and materials used which can include medical aluminium, carbon fibre and titanium. Their design requirements are the result of a co-design process between technicians in UFI Filters' High-Tech Division and the individual racing teams. Often, during the course of the season, updates and modifications to the filters are also requested by the teams, based on the developments gradually introduced in the cars.

The filters used for the cars can be subdivided, according to their location.

Filters for combustion engines are located in the air intake, in the fuel supply and lubrication circuits. These are high-tech filters, which must not only trap dust and chips, but also any contaminants that may form in the special petrol used in Formula 1. The engine oil circuit also requires adequate protection: in addition to the main filter, there are secondary filter elements, and several 'last chance filters', which act on the recovery pumps.

The filters in the hydraulic circuits play an essential role in driver safety. Their presence in the systems that preside over the hydrodrive, the activation of the mobile rear wing (the DRS) and the braking circuit are fundamental.

The hybrid system with which the single-seaters are equipped, involves the presence of an energy-storage battery, the temperature of which must remain within an optimal range: dielectric fluids are used for its cooling, the filtration of which is guaranteed by UFI Filters.

UFI Filters has accumulated a great deal of experience in motorsport, starting as early as the second half of the 1970s. Today, UFI Filters filtration systems are present not only in Formula 1, but also in many other motorsport categories including the World Endurance Championship where UFI supplied filters for the Ferrari 499P, the winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours 2023. UFI Filters are also used by all Formula 2 and American IndyCar single-seaters built by Dallara and in  MotoGP, Moto 2, Moto 3 and Superbike.

UFI aftermarket filters are available from stockist nationwide.  
 
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