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Friday
Jan142011

Putting F1 in Perspective - Just How Fast?

When watching racing on TV it can be easy to get the magnitude of the car's performance confused by comparing the cars to each other and not stepping back to realize just how fast they really are.  I always used to show my friends a few videos to get them to understand just how big of a gap existed between F1 cars and other racing series or even the cars we can drive ourselves.

I made my friends watch many videos, one of which put an F1 car, a Rally Car and a street car together on a track to show just how big of a difference there is between the three.  I found this video from Top Gear to be a great way to show all of my friends just how fast an F1 car really is, not just speed, but pure acceleration, in the straight or a hairpin.  Despite being produced in the late 1990s, the message of the comparision is still incredibly relevant today (if not exacerbated even more by newer technologies developed in the last 10+ years).

 

To add to the discussion, this new video put together by a fellow F1 fan shows famous Eau Rouge turn at the Spa circuit in Belgium with different race cars and F1 cars put together.   The camera position is not exactly the same, but the speed difference is very apparent.   Keep in mind, the F1 cars are approaching that turn at 180+ MPH...

Source: Autoblog via VWVortex

There are a few more videos out there, including one from Ferrari, BMW, Mercedes and of course Fifth Gear, but I think it's time for a new one to be made.  Why don't we put an Sebastian Vettel's RB6 vs Ken Block's WRC Ford Focus and a standard street legal Ford Mustang on the new Austin track?   That would be a sight to see, in HD or course!

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Reader Comments (2)

My most memorable F1 TV moment:

Coverage of qualifying laps. Announcers yammering away, miscellaneous shots of F1 cars going around the track one by one, some shots from on-board cameras. It's a tight street course with walls and fences. Announcers yammering away....

Then, the show producer decides to just show the feed from an on-board camera, mounted on the intake snorkel above & behind the driver, for a full lap. We see the car doing an all-out lap of the course, more or less from the point of view of the driver, uncut. It is scary, and I'm watching on TV. It is incredible. It is freaky amazing how the car just slices through the turns at unbelievable speeds. I notice that the announcers have gone silent...

The lap ends, the car slows down, and I hear the announcers once again. One just lets his breath out, the other says "wow..."

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterwowsers

Wow, even after seeing F1 cars live and GP2, Porche Cup cars live on the same track it's still amazing how fast the F1 cars are. Not seen that TopGear clip before it's absolute epic. they did great timing to get the cars hit the last corner at the "same" time to really show the speed, grip and acceleration. Eau Rouge wow never been there but know the F1 cars where fast through there but the difference in speed on that overlay is just staggering.

In Austin instead of a Ford Mustang or maybe in ADDITION to the Mustang to show case the speed difference with a Corvette Z07 or ZR1 plus a Corvette Racing C6.R. One that would show how fast the factory standard Corvettes truly are even compared to a C6.R. I think GM and Corvette Racing might find this very interesting test especially if done as a overlay.

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEje

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