FLIR Systems announced last week it has been named an Innovation Partner with Infiniti Red Bull Racing. The winner of four consecutive Formula One World Champions, Infiniti Red Bull Racing will work with FLIR to gather temperature data from its 2014 challenger car, the RB10.

FLIR plans to develop solutions using new, miniature thermal cameras to provide the Red Bull Racing team with insights into the thermal characteristics of their cars’ components and operations.

The introduction of 1.6-liter V6 turbocharged engines with dual energy recovery systems has presented significant cooling challenges for all Formula One teams in 2014. Managing car temperatures effectively will be a key aspect of ensuring reliability, a factor that is expected to play a significant role in determining the outcome of this season.

Christian Horner, team principal of Infiniti Red Bull Racing, said the changes are the biggest in Formula One racing since the early aughts.

“This year sees the most fundamental changes to Formula One in well over a decade,” Horner said. “The team which is most efficient in gathering the relevant data, learning effectively, and adapting accordingly will be the one which triumphs in this season of transition.”

That’s where FLIR’s new technology comes in, he added.

It “could give us a key edge over our rivals,” Horner said.

Thermal imaging has become a vital tool for controlling thermal management and tire performance. FLIR’s background in designing and building military-grade hardware will be a crucial factor in making this technology work in the harsh environments seen in modern Formula One racing.

“This partnership comes at an exciting time for FLIR,” said Andy Teich, FLIR president and CEO. “With the launch of our revolutionary Lepton thermal micro-camera, we see numerous applications for thermal technology in the racing world. Also, as we are launching several new consumer oriented products with this technology, we look forward to the broad awareness this relationship will bring.”

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