Recognized as one of the most tech-advanced, dangerous and competitive racing sports in the world, Formula 1 is a designed sport that gives you a kick of adrenaline, to say the least. It is not only about competition between drivers, but a serious rivalry between competitors and their cars. In fact, there is a lot that goes into Formula 1 racing. It includes attention to detail, discipline and not to mention, the dollars.
The following compiled facts might tickle your interest with regards to the fastest sport in the world.
- The average price of a Formula 1 automobile costs about $6.8 million. This is only the price of the car with the most basic components. Since the price is through the roof, you wonder how much these racers get paid to compete on the track.
- The average F1 driver loses approximately 4kgs of bodyweight after a race.
- The Formula 1 automobile racing started in the 1920s – 1930s. It all started during the European Grand-Prix. The name “formula” refers to rules of which all participants must adhere to.
- It takes about 80 000 components to make one F1 car. It’s sort of like a Christmas tree if you think about it. If one component doesn’t work, the entire formula car won’t work.
- An F1 car weighs around 702 kg, which includes the driver. Fuel excluded.
- F1 pit crews have mastered how to refuel the car and change its tires within 3 seconds. Now that is fast.
- During a race, the tires lose about 500g of weight per tire whereas regular tires last for up to 60 000 to a 100 00km. At its highest speed, F1 cars can rotate 50 times per second, which is why they need to be replaced quite often.
- F1 engines will only last for 2 hours before blowing up, while a regular car lasts for about 20 years. This is how far the F1 engines are pushed for performance purposes. The F1 car can rev about 18000 rpm, while an average car can only do about 6000 rpm.
- F1 cars race at about 360 km per hour and drive faster than smaller planes before take-off.
- Drivers experience a maximum of 5G when activating their brakes and taking corners.
- These little machines can also accelerate from 0-100mp. They can also decelerate in a matter of four seconds.
- When it comes to safety, these cars can handle big impacts.
- The gear is of course, top of the range. There is nothing that can destroy the F1 helmets, as they are tested to be able to handle up to 800 degrees for up to 45 seconds.