Chips power Formula One racers

A computer chip is being used for the first time to power McLaren's Formula One racing cars according to the New Scientist.

The Year 2000 controller -- developed by Tag Electronic Systems -- will be run on the PowerPC chip which are more usually found in consumer Apple Macs. It is believed to be the first time a car control system has used an ordinary consumer PC chip.

The system uses flash memory chips to carry data around the car. The data optimises the engine's performance and stabilises the vehicle. If tests are successful the controllers will be used next season, beginning with the Australian Grand Prix in March.