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Formula One as we know it began in 1950, and although it was initially a sport and is now primarily a mixture of entertainment and business, it has always handed benefits down to road cars. Here are a few of the most recent:

Paddle-shift gearbox A manual box that can be operated without a clutch pedal.

Traction and stability control Helps transmit lots of power to the road, even when its wet.

Active suspension Reduces body lean; increases cornering ability.

Carbon-ceramic brakes Superior stopping for the most powerful cars.

Two things that went the other way:

Crash tests Part of road car development for years; now even F1 cars must pass one.

Diesel power The fastest, most efficient way over 24 hours at Le Mans.

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Future of the F1 engine

What has racing done for you?