F1 car Vs Road car
- 13th June 2013, 17:30 at 5:30 pm #133276scunnymanParticipant
A question for anyone who knows.
If a formula one car was on the hard shoulder of a Motorway(freeway) getting ready to go, and a road car came past doing 80 mph at the precise second the F1 car set off, how long would the F1 car take to catch up with the road car?13th June 2013, 18:54 at 6:54 pm #237762matt90Participant
Depends on the F1 car’s acceleration.13th June 2013, 18:57 at 6:57 pm #237763andae23Participant
Short answer: about five seconds.
Long answer: on Wikipedia, I found the acceleration to 100, 200 and 300 km/h, which I plotted in a graph with Excel (red is the 80mph car, blue is the F1 car). I added a trendline, which returns a third degree polynomial. This can be integrated, which gives the distance travelled and can be plotted in a graph along with the distance travelled by the car. The intersection between the two graphs is the point at which the F1 car overtakes the car: 4.7 seconds, with 170 metres travelled.
I’d say it also depends on driver: for instance, Mark Webber will overtake the car after 6 seconds :P14th June 2013, 1:34 at 1:34 am #237764CarlitoxParticipant
A wonderful example of Maths and Physics applied to F1. As an engineering student, the link between science and F1 is what inspired me to follow this career in Uni. Brilliant @andae23!!
Ps.: Grosjean would crash into the road car LOL.14th June 2013, 2:05 at 2:05 am #237765
@andae23 That’s awesome! It took me a couple of minutes to figure it out. Incidentally 4.7 seconds is the exact time it takes me to put on and take off my tin foil hat…
On a sidenote, 0-300 km/h in 8.6 seconds???? Are they serious?
P.S. Maldonado would definitely t-bone that car off the road:-)14th June 2013, 7:59 at 7:59 am #237766kimrogueParticipant14th June 2013, 11:36 at 11:36 am #237767
I would really be scared if the F1-car was driven by Cecotto Jr…14th June 2013, 12:40 at 12:40 pm #237768—Participant
@freelittlebirds That’s 8.6 seconds to travel 300 metres, not 8.6 seconds to hit 300 km/h.14th June 2013, 13:09 at 1:09 pm #237769
Actually it is 0 to 300 kmh (186mph) in 8.6 seconds
I hear you man, it’s really unbelievable. It’s for the 2006 F1 with 1,250hp.
There is a * next to the 300kmh which stands for:
Figures are heavily dependent on aerodynamic setup and gearing.
I guess the car is set up for maximum acceleration, not race setup14th June 2013, 13:15 at 1:15 pm #237770
@freelittlebirds The 2006-spec F1-cars did not have 1250hp, more around 800-850.14th June 2013, 13:42 at 1:42 pm #237771
You are correct – they had a power-to-weight ratio of 1,250 hp/t (0.93 kW/kg). Not quite the same:-)14th June 2013, 14:44 at 2:44 pm #237772
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