Which factors affect the top speed of F1 cars and other motorsport cars?
You would be right to imagine that the F1 car top speed would be faster than the Formula E top speed but do you know by how much and how NASCAR top speed and IndyCar top speed fit into this picture? There are many factors that govern how fast a motorsport car can travel and the power of the engine is just the start. Braking ability is important because drivers can only go as fast as allows them to brake for corners. Lift (upwards vertical aerodynamic force) and downforce (downwards vertical aerodynamic force) also play a strong part, as do tire quality and driver ability.