|Mercedes AMG F1/photo by autowp|
How fast is a Formula 1 car, probably the first question after one sees first Grand Prix. Because Formula one races are all about the speed. Manufacturers spend thousands of hours and millions of dollars just to come up with the most rapid cars. Drivers also have to train for years just to learn how to tame the four-wheel monster.Keep reading to learn “fast” info on F1 cars.
How fast do F1 cars go?
This is the first question that would immediately pop into your mind when you hear the words “fast and car”.The short answer to this question would be “Very Very Fast”. You need more details, then let’s focuse on next few lines.
|Juan Pablo Montoya/ photo by Social Media|
Montoya or Bottas.. a battle for a record.
The “official” record to the fastest speed, on Formula one tracks, belongs to Juan Pablo Montoya when he recorded 372.6 km/h. as the top speed In the testing month before the 2005 Italian Grand Prix, FIA recognized the record as the fastest speed ever on F1 tracks although it wasn’t set during an official race weekend.
Valtteri Bottas’ story
In 2016 Mexican Grand Prix, Valtteri Bottas with his Williams car reached a top speed of 372.54 km/h, FIA’s official monitors showed the record, however, FIA hasn’t accepted it yet as the official record!
Aside from Montoya and Bottas confusion, there is a record that beats both former records and with a HUGE margin but also with a twist!
|Bonneville 400 project|
In 2005, Bar Honda came up with the Bonneville 400 project. The idea was to make the fastest F1 car of all time and indeed they did. Honda set a record with its modified BAR 007 when it reached a record of 413 km/h. on a one way straight line but FIA explained that the car didn’t satisfy the requirements of F1 rules as BAR Honda used a moveable aerodynamic rudder for stability control, Formula one regulations state clearly that any specific parts affect the aerodynamic performance of the car must be rigidly secured.
The brave attempt never saw the light of the racing tracks but it turned out to be a huge marketing success for the British company.
|Michael Schumacher by Social Media|
King of speed.
Kimi Raikkonen kept the fastest lap when he recorded 1:19.119 in qualifying
Lewis Hamilton wins: Why everyone is obsessed
It’s great to have a car that reaches 350 km/h but it’s fascinating to do that in just seconds, let’s shed some light of F1 car’s acceleration.
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Some critics argue that Constructors’ championship is more competitive and much more difficult than drivers’ championship. That is an understandable argument if we take into account the efforts and details that these constructors care about to come up with the FASTEST car.
So what are some of the elements that determine the car’s speed?
There is a number of factors which affect the speed of F1 cars including (Engine power, downforce setting, and care rake). The constructors pay attention to every little detail hoping to reach the pole positions.
Formula one has always been marked with speed and the glorious sound of its roaring engines. Engineers spend years to make rapid cars under control. However, as Mario Andretti once said: “If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough.