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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.
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There is no doubt about it, motorsport is an exhilarating and stimulating sport to watch and for many, attendance at a motorsport event, is a highlight of their year. The term ‘motorsport’ covers an extremely wide range of events, from the large circuit, international Formula 1 races to the small races organised by local motor clubs, but at all of these, crowd safety should be a primary consideration. Motorsport is inherently dangerous but this is part of the thrill, the sometimes-difficult task of the event organiser is to find the balance between the buzz of possible risk and the safety of all those involved.
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Motorsport Developments and Formula E

The introduction of Formula E in Beijing in 2014 represented a historical first and a significant advance in motorsport developments because it was the world’s first racing series powered entirely by electricity. The development of cars for the Formula E series has been no mean feat in organisation, engineering and electricity storage with Williams Advanced Engineering supplying and developing the official Formula E battery used by all teams.
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Motorsport is an inherently dangerous pursuit and a total of 51 drivers have died whilst driving Formula 1 cars. Some of these were outside race weekends but 32 were during the weekends either during practice, qualifying or the race itself. The first F1 fatality was Cameron Earl who was test-racing a car, which overturned and left him with a broken skull.
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The world of Formula One is one that has attracted and excited people since its beginnings in 1950. It remains one of the most dangerous and expensive sports out there and attracts millions of pounds in sponsorship each year. We have been digging into this exhilarating motor sport and have found 50 incredible Formula 1 facts you probably didn’t know.
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The term formula racing relates to a type of motor racing that combines a single-seater, open-wheeled chassis with a regulated size and sometimes make of engine. Formula One, Formula Two, Formula Three and Formula Four racing are well known examples but there are other motorsport series that come under this title such as the GP2 Series, which has effectively replaced F2.

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In our post this week we’re going to be looking at 5 essential differences between Formula One and NASCAR. You may be a fan of either one, but not sure of the differences, perhaps you’re a fan of Formula One but want to get more into NASCAR or vice versa. Here, we’ll take a fascinating look at both types of racing, and you can make your own mind up over whether you’d like to take a firm interest in both.

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