Cool Facts About Formula 1
• The high rev rate puts a force on the pistons equal to 9,000 times that of gravity.
• An F1 car's engine is made up of 80,000 components.
• The aerodynamics of an F1 car create so much downforce that, at 100 mph, the car could drive upside down on the ceiling of a tunnel. This is thanks to the front and rear wings plus the under body design.
• An F1 car's engine consumes 20 gallons (75 liters) of fuel every 60 miles, making its fuel efficiency a measly 3.1 miles per miles per gallon.
• The downforce created by an F1 car generates suction that is strong enough to pick up manhole covers. In a street race like Monaco, all manhole covers must be welded down prior to the start of the race.
• The rate of deceleration in a Formula 1 car is so great that when a driver brakes fully, it feels like a regular car driving through a brick wall at 186 mph.
• Because of the extreme stress put on it, an F1 engine only lasts for about 2 hours of racing.
• An F1 car weighs approximately 620 kilos (1141 lbs), roughly half the weight of a new, well-equipped Mini Cooper.
• At top speed, the tires of an F1 car rotate about 50 times per second.
• The engine of an Formula 1 car revs up to 18,000 rpm, compared to the Bugatti Veyron at 6400 rpm.
• When a driver hits the brakes at race speed, it uses 180 feet and 1.9 seconds to come to a complete stop.
• Monza is the fastest Formula 1 circuit, with a high speed of 233 mph (375 kmph).
• Drivers are given numbers each season. The season-winning driver receives number 1 and his teammate gets the number 2.
• The other teams receive numbers corresponding to their end-of-season standings the previous year. The number 13 is not given at all.
• The car is designed with such a tight cockpit that the steering wheel must be removed for the driver to get in or out.
• An F1 car has no gearstick or clutch. Instead, they are paddles located on the steering wheel.
• F1 tires' peak performance temperature is between 1650° and 2000°F (900°-1200°C). Water's boiling temperature is 210°F (100°C).
• Race tires in Formula 1 have nitrogen in them instead of compressed air. Nitrogen maintains a more consistent pressure than air, which contains water vapor. That vapor causes fluctuations in pressure.
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