The supercars that make F1 look slow

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Formula One is in danger of losing some of its status as an ultra-high speed sport, as modern supercars put greater speeds in the hands of mere mortals than F1 cars can achieve.

The ??????1,000,000 (???810,000) Bugatti Veyron, built by the Volkswagen Group, raised the bar for production car top speeds to 407 kph (253 mph). Koenigsegg’s new CCX will do 395 kph. But both of these could well be blown away by a the latest attempt to build a ‘road-legal’ F1 car.

The Freestream T1 project, recenty bought out by Caparo, is based on a radically different philosophy than the Veyron. The Veyron employs a 1,001 bhp engine to push its 1,950kg bulk past 400 kph. The T1 will have only a quarter of the Veyron’s weight and 500 bhp.

Modern V8-era Formula One cars are starting to look underpowered in comparison:

Car Bugatti Veyron Koenigsegg CCX
Bugatti Veyron, Goodwood Festival of Speed Koenigsegg CCX
Top speed 407 kph 395 kph
Acceleration 0-62 mph (100 kph) 2.4s 0-62 mph (100 kph) 3.2s
Weight 1,950kg 1,180kg
Car Caparo T1 (estimates) Mclaren MP4-21
Caparo T1 Kimi Raikkonen, McLaren-Mercedes, Barcelona, 2006
Top speed TBA 340kph*
Acceleration 0-60 mph (96kph) 2.5s 0-60 mph (96kph) 2.3s
Weight 500kg 600kg

*In low-drag Monza specification. Trimmed for maximum speed a Formula One car should be able to reach 400kph, as BAR-Honda attempted last year.

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