We all know that race cars are super fact, but how much do we understand about the physics-bending, mind-blowing science behind the actions a race car performs? Here are some astonishing facts about race cars that you probably didn’t know:
The exhaust on a Formula One car gets hot enough to melt aluminium. An exhaust can hit 1,000 degrees Celsius and aluminium melts at 600. To combat this, the exhausts are made from a combination of very exotic metals that make one exhaust more expensive than the average road car!
- Lifting the covers
Because the race track at Monaco is on public roads, before each race the manhole covers must welded down. If they aren’t, the F1 race cars will literally suck them up. The extreme speeds that these cars travel at creates a large vacuum to literally keep them stuck must welded down. If they aren’t, the F1 race cars will literally suck them up. The extreme speeds that these cars travel at creates a large vacuum to literally keep them stuck to the ground. Loose covers could cause major problems and have caused crashes in the past.
- Superfast pit stops
On average, a Formula 1 pit stop takes less than 3 seconds. This includes parking up, car being jacked up, all tyres being changed and car setting off again. Incredible! See it for yourself with a Mexico F1 Paddock Club experience. Be treated like a VIP when you catch all the action from track side with your Mexico F1 Paddock Club access.
- Upside down
Many race cars can actually drive upside down. There is so much downforce produced by a race car, often in excess of the vehicle’s weight. So, if it had to, at certain speeds, it could drive upside down.
The fastest race cars can reach speeds of 300mph in little more than 3 seconds. But then it would, it has over 10,000 hp. It’s difficult to picture what this actually means, but if you imagine the power from 22 Corvettes rammed into one engine, you’ve got some idea!
- Not economical
This kind of power is not kind on the fuel consumption. Imagine 30 showers all running at full blast at the same time. Now, replace the water with gasoline and the amount that comes out consumption. Imagine 30 showers all running at full blast at the same time. Now, replace the water with gasoline and the amount that comes out in 1 minute is the equivalent to the amount of fuel required!
- Big bills
The main Formula One teams can spend about $500 million in a single year. That’s a lot of wonga!
- More Gs than an astronaut
You’ve got to have a strong constitution to be a racing driver. A Formula 1 race car pulls more Gs when cornering than a launching space shuttle!
Most of the components on your car originally came from race car developments. Whether it’s your tyres or your mirrors, many components were invented and manufactured to help race cars go faster long before they became safety essentials on road vehicles.