Formula one teams are united to beat the pandemic coronavirus by joining hands with the top aerospace and engineering companies to produce ventilators and breathing aids. Team Mercedes developed a breathing aid for the British Health Service and these breathing aids could be used to keep patients out of ventilators and intensive care units.
Formula one teams are well known to produce powerful engines and designs for their fastest cars. Now, the teams are united in helping the globe to get rid of the pandemic coronavirus by engineering and developing breathing aids and ventilators for the patients. The National Health Service has approved of a breathing aid developed by Mercedes engineers and University College of London’s engineers.
The project is entitled ‘Project Pitlane’ and the main mission is to assist in making ventilators. The Formula One team responded immediately for the call for support and they extended their engineering capabilities and skills in producing a breathing aid. From the words of the Managing Director of Mercedes HPP Mr. Andy Cowell, ‘The Formula 1 community has shown an impressive response to the call for support, coming together in the “Project Pitlane” collective to support the national need at this time across a number of different projects’.
The University College of London is partnering with team Formula 1 to help the country to combat the widespread coronavirus. It is reported that from the first meeting it took less than 100 hours to the production of breathing aid. CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) is a device used for patients with serious lung infections. This is a breathing device and replaces the existing mechanical ventilation where a tube has to be inserted through mount or skin. The CPAP device was stripped apart to see if a more simplified model could be produced. Minimum order of 10000 is said to have been received from the British government initially.
Britain is facing a lack of sufficient CPAP devices and upon the call for support, engineers from Formula 1 and UCL, reverse-engineered the device and made it more suitable for massive production. The UK Regulatory Board and the Health Service approved of the device as soon as it was found to be of purpose unless otherwise, it would have taken months to manufacture ventilators for meeting the current demands. The Formula 1 teams will receive a major share of the accreditation and appreciation of the British can save the lives of the people in the coronavirus pandemic.
As per Mr. Andy Obeid, the chief executive of the oxygen monitor firm Oxford Optronix, ‘By working flat out… we have accomplished something in five days that would normally take two years’.
The UK based Formula 1 teams engaged in the fight against COVID-19 in ‘Project Pitlane’ are Mercedes, Red bull, Racing Point, Haas, McLaren, Renault, and Williams. The act is worth applauding and it is great to see such immediate responses from teams like Mercedes and others during the challenge.
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