Race Car Facts

by Steve Johnson
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Car racing comes in a variety of different types---but each focuses on specially designed race cars competing against each other under different scenarios. Car racing has been around since 1895 and has become one of the most popular sports in the world.


Manufactured in Maranello, Italy---Ferrari is one of the most popular racing cars in existence. The Scuderia Ferrari team is a popular entrant in the Formula One world. In 1993, German race car driver Michael Schumacher drove the Ferrari 412T---winning a Formula One championship---making Ferrari one of the most successful brands in racing. The company also built cars for other car racing events, such as the A1 Grand Prix series, from 2008 to 2009. They also produced the 599 GTB Fiorano and F430 GT driven at the GT racing series during other Grand Prix events.


Many successful race cars have been built by Porsche. It produced the legendary Porsche 917 that won two consecutive championships at the Le Mans in 1970 and 1971. Porsche 917 also won the Racing Series World Championship, garnering 8 out of the 10 championships.

Racing Type Popularity

The Formula One race is considered as the highest form of car racing sanctioned by the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile. In the 2006 season, top speeds of Formula 1 cars were a little over 300 km/h. Within the U.S.---NASCAR races, like the Sprint Cup Series and Daytona 5000, are the most popular race types.

NASCAR Racing Cars

Racing cars used in NASCAR racing have a power peak of around 830 BHP at 9000 RPM, with a peak torque of 520 pounds per foot. They are rigidly restricted with regards to allowable parts, materials, dimensions, component minimum weights, and others parts. NASCAR races are typically 300 to 500 miles in length and the design life of an engine for the cars ranges up to 800 miles.

Formula One Racing Cars

Cars used in Formula One racing are single-seat racers, generally featuring 2.4L custom V8s. Ignition and fuel systems are controlled by a systematic, computerized digital engine-management system. With a minimum weight of 95 kilograms, these cars produce a peak power of around 755 BHP at more than 19,000 RPM and a peak torque of 214 pounds per foot. Each Formula One racing car has much fewer restrictions when compared to NASCAR.

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