From sketch to assembly, the life of a bolt may not seem all that exciting compared to a cutting-edge smartphone design, but throw in some decent storytelling and somehow you’ll find yourself emotionally attached to that bolt.
At least, a humble front suspension bolt by the name of RB12-FS-00663-02.
Recently, the Red Bull Racing (Formula One) Team documented the process of creating a bolt from scratch. Considering that the team designs, produces and inspects over one million Formula One car parts per year, seeing the amount of detail and man hours put into a single bolt is astounding.
“We followed a humble front suspension bolt on every step of its journey from sketch to drawing, machining to testing, assembly to racing.”
You’ll never look at a McMaster-Carr catalog the same way ever again.