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1992 Williams FW14B
Williams FW14B

The FW14B and its successor the FW15 were probably the most technologically advanced cars that will ever race in Formula One.

This was the zenith of electronic driver-aids, such as computer-controlled active suspension and traction control, which prevents wheelspin.

Williams' key advance was the perfection of active suspension, which had been introduced - and then abandoned - by Lotus in the mid-1980s.

With conventional suspension, the different demands of straights, braking, acceleration and cornering require the car to be in a constant state of compromise.

Active suspension allowed its attitude and ride-height to be altered independently so that it was at all times set in a position to get the most from the car's superb aerodynamics.

Driver-aids were banned at the end of 1993 because the cars were perceived to be getting dangerously fast.



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