British-based Formula 1 teams are stepping up efforts to tackle the shortage of life-saving ventilators.RaceFans revealed on Wednesday a group of four teams had responded to a request from the government to develop technologies which could help in the fight against the global pandemic.
“The teams are working in collaboration with Formula 1, the UK government and other organisations to establish the feasibility of the teams producing, or supporting the production of, medical devices to help in the treatment of Covid-19 patients,” said F1 in a statement.
“All the teams have expert design, technology and production capabilities, and specialise in rapid prototyping and high value manufacturing, which is hoped can be applied to the critical needs set out by government.”
The teams hope their efforts “will produce a tangible outcome in the next few days”.
Ferrari has also confirmed it will produce ventilators in Italy, which has been the hardest-hit among the European countries.
Companies with manufacturing expertise have been approached to assist with the production of ventilators which are in high demand due to the global pandemic.
The most severe cases of Coronavirus can result in lung problems such as pneumonia. As the virus cannot be cured, afflicted patients need to have their lungs ventilated to ensure they continue to receive sufficient oxygen while their bodies recover.
This has placed huge demand on supplies of ventilation equipment. China increased its production of ventilators after the initial outbreak in Wuhan began to spread around the country. The rising number of cases in Europe and the USA have added to the demand.
Formula 1 teams are among car builders and other manufacturers who have been approached to help cope produce the life-saving equipment.
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