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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!

Call to Action! - Support Formula 1 in Austin Zoning and Platting Commision Meeting

Loyal Formula 1 fans and Austin Grand Prix readers, we need your support for the Formula 1 United States Grand PrixTM in the next meeting with the City of Austin!  On Tuesday, November 16th, there will be a meeting for the Zoning and Platting Commission to discuss proposed changes necessary for the event.  

We need anyone and everyone to do two things to help this happen:

1. Email the Zoning and Platting Commission members at **Email address updated 11/16/10


Below is a draft email that you may use. Feel free to edit as you see fit.


Dear Zoning and Platting Commissioners: 

 As a strong advocate for bringing Formula 1 racing to Austin, Texas, I urge you to approve item #4 on the agenda for November 16, the cut and fill variance along with the slope variance for the United States Grand Prix site. City staff and the Environmental Board have recommended these two variances for the project.  And the variance requests are consistent with past requests made throughout Austin.  In addition, this project will serve as a catalyst in the City of Austin’s Desired Development Zone that has long been needed.

 Supporting these variances will bring this project a step further to becoming a reality. I am eager for the arrival of Formula 1 in Austin, Texas, and urge you to support these matters.


 Supporter of the Formula 1 United States Grand PrixTM in Austin, Texas


2. Attending the ZAP Commission meeting Tuesday, November 16 at 6:00pm.  The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 301 W. 2nd Street.   Please plan to arrive by 5:45 in order to sign up in favor of item #4. You may also sign up to speak in favor at this time. Garage parking tickets can be validated inside City Hall.


Politics is fun, right?  We are hoping for a big turnout and lots of supporters willing to talk about the future facilities and the positive impact felt by having this event in Austin.  Don't forget, wear your Come And Race ItTM shirt to the meeting as well and show your support to everyone!