Friday, March 20, 2009

Formula One Grand Prix Racing, F1 car racing

F1 Racing is all about speed and technology. How to get the maximum speed
using modern technology - that's the main objective. The real challenge with
F1 racing is that the teams are limited to the same size engine, which makes
most casual drivers think "what can you do with that?" Indeed, conventional
drivers usually think that the bigger the engine is, the power it produces.

For example, the current fastest road car is the Bugatti Veyron. This car is
a monster that easily tops 200 mph. But thing is that it's power to weight
ratio is about 500 horse power per ton. In contrast, an F1's power to weight
ratio is 1,500 horse powers per ton. That's 3 times more powerful than the
fastest road car in the world. At the same time, the engine is 3 times smaller.

Sure, in an F1 car you have no comforts what so ever, and the materials are
as light as possible. Also, if you're the burger type of guy, you probably won't
fit into an F1 car. More than that, it's a car that takes a whole team to
manage. If you think you can buy yourself a track and a car, you could easily go
on driving it anytime you wish, you're seriously wrong. For starters, an F1
car needs to be heated. Literally, the car likes it when it's snuggled in warm
pipes that run hot water through them. Why you might ask? Easy. Remember how
your car runs really fast in the mornings when it's cold? That's because
your engine has great compression while cooled. But an F1 car has so much
compression when it's cool, that the pistons just won't move.

In a recent review from Top Gear (the British car review show), they tried to
drive an F1 car, saying "how hard can it be?" prior to the event. It is
hard. It's really hard. In order for the car to take off, you literally have
to master it. Due to several reasons, if you hesitate while taking off, the car
cuts all fuel injections to the engine and has to be taken back to the shop for
reconfiguring. It's supposedly made to prevent it from catching fire.

Though all these obstacles come with a great reward. The cars easily reach
their top speeds of 300km per hour, topping 0 to 100km/h (60 miles per hour) in
under 4 seconds. Now imagine that on a street circuit like Monaco, or even the
upcoming Singapore Grand Prix
night time race to be held on public roads, and you are talking pure exhilaration.

All said, although most of us will never get the chance to drive a Formula
One car, the investment and technology utilized in making these high performance
competition vehicles is often used to improve the performance and endurance of
the majority of production cars that we see and use on public roads today.

Get more information on the Singapore F1 Grand Prix Race at

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