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F1 teams, luxury automakers step up to help pandemic fight in Europe

F1 teams, luxury automakers step up to help pandemic fight in Europe
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Formula One teams and luxury automakers take speed very seriously, and that means they can appreciate not only how fast a novel coronaviurs can spread, but how quickly they need to reconfigure their workshops to build supplies to fight against it.

Project Pitlane is an effort by those teams to rapidly produce ventilators, machines that help patients with lung failure to breathe.

Haas, McLaren, Mercedes-AMG, Racing Point, Red Bull, Renault and Williams are all part of it, and will be rapidly prototyping ventilators to deploy as quickly as possible.

Mercedes-AMG specifically was able to, in less than 100 hours, adapt another company’s existing CPAP machine’s design so it could be used by COVID-19 patients, and will be produce roughly 1,000 per day with the help of other teams. CPAP machines can be used to treat milder cases of the virus, taking some of the strain away from the ventilator supply.

Ford adapting F-150 seat cooling fans to use in respirators

Airbus, Ford, Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems will join efforts to build ventilators for the British government, which has ordered 10,000 to keep up with demand. Even Dyson is stepping in to help with a newly designed ventilator, still to be approved by the health regulator.

Even Lamborghini has transformed its interior customization department into a mask and face shield assembly line. Utilizing 3D printing and a lineup of sewing machines, Lamborghini says it’s able to produce 1,000 masks and 200 face shields per day.

The masks will be donated to the Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Hospital in Bologna after being tested by the Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences.
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