The supercars that make F1 look slow

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.

Tags: / / / / /

Advert | Go Ad-free

11 comments on The supercars that make F1 look slow

  1. Sure the GT cars at Le Mans have been faster in a straight line than F1 cars for years now. What makes F1 special has never been top speed, but cornering speed. And there is still nothing to match that.

  2. Louis Marlowe said on 13th May 2007, 14:39

    You cannot compare a Bugatti, no matter how fast, to a Formula 1 car. F1 cars are designed to be as fast as possible in ALL aspects of the track, cars like the Koenigsegg can’t handle tight corners. If you took a Bugatti Veyron and a Ferarri F2007 to the Cote d’Azur (Monte Carlo), you’ll see just how vast the difference in time is.

  3. BMan1113VR said on 14th June 2007, 2:31

    Okay, but F1 is not designed for top speed, their gear ratios are specific to each individual track (not to mention the drag from all the downforce). Also 0-60mph is not a good comparison, as an f1 car can accelerate faster from 60-120 that 0-60 (I would love to see any road legal car try to replicate that)!

  4. Senna Williams said on 12th July 2007, 21:49

    also, a formula 1 car is on groove tires to limit performance (by reducing contact patch).

  5. formula 1 does 0-60 in 1.9 sec

    • Dennis said on 27th January 2009, 5:26

      where did u get that time?…it seems a lil fast 1.9 seconds is rediculous. id say more in the 2.4-2.8 range but ok.

      • Mike said on 8th March 2012, 17:24

        The record for formula one 0-60 mph is 1.6s (dig it up on google) But the average time is 2.1s

  6. Hedley Thorne said on 22nd September 2008, 17:50

    I would like to see the old V10 F1 statistics from about 2004. Once you see an F1 going around The Becketts complex at Silverstone it is impossible to imagine how anything can do that any faster without falling to pieces. Maybe they should use a Veyron as the Safety Car..!

  7. you can’t compare a road car with a formula 1 car as the fastest F1 cars 2003-2004 seasons could accelerat from a stand still 0-150mph in 6 secs compared with 10.2secs for the buggati veyron

  8. pratik said on 6th December 2010, 14:13

    take a check f1 cars were at their peak racing speeds in 2004-05 before those idiots scrapped the V10’s.Antonnio pizzonia reached 369.9kph on the monza straight during practice as against the regulars who ranged around about 360-65kph.Apparently,those cars reached around 345kph on the remaining 3 straights of Monza!That for me was the peakest performance of an f1 car back then.However,the BAR Honda reached 413kph at Bonnevile check this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W82DsPkgV-U .And as for todays f1 cars they are about 2 to 3 seconds slower than 2004 :( so for me f1 is dying!!!!!!

  9. Total nonsense comparison! F1 can be faster that Veyron on a straight if changing downforce and gear ratio… however around a track, Veyron doesnt even stand a chance against a F4…

Add your comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

All comments must abide by the comment policy. Comments may be moderated.
Want to post off-topic? Head to the forum.
See the FAQ for more information.