Indy 500 vs Formula 1 vs NASCAR: Which car is faster?
The Indianapolis 500 is a prestigious car race that will attract hundreds of thousands of viewers who wish to see him in person this weekend. Along with NASCAR, it is one of the most popular motorsport competitions in the United States.
Formula 1, on the other hand, has recently been attract more american fans largely due to the television series Formula 1: drive to survivewhich gives a glimpse behind the scenes the most popular car competition in the world.
Which of these three contests has the fastest cars?
The weight of NASCAR
NASCAR races have the slowest cars among these three series due to vehicle weight, which usually reach around 3,000 lbs. These stock cars with V-8 engines can reach top speeds of up to 200 mph and can go from 0-60 mph in 3.4. seconds.
The Indy 500 is part of the IndyCar Series, and the open-wheel cars that compete in these races are much lighter than their NASCAR counterparts. They can weigh less than 1,400 pounds, which is less than half of NASCAR’s stock cars.
The fastest speed recorded in an IndyCar competition is 236mph. It lags a bit in acceleration, requiring up to three seconds to reach a speed of 90 km/h (56.25 mph) on a straight track.
The acceleration of Formula 1
Formula 1 cars are slightly heavier than IndyCar ones, although they look very similar. They weigh around 1,600 pounds, which is why their top speed isn’t quite IndyCar level, the record being 231.4 mph set by Valtteri Bottas in 2016.
However, their the acceleration capacity is greater to IndyCar, requiring only 2.1 seconds to reach 90 km/h, and are designed go fast in turns and bends. As such, a race between F1 and IndyCar could go either way, depending on the type of track they were competing on.