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 â‚¬1,000,000 (Â£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|
|Top speed||407 kph||395 kph|
|Acceleration||0-62 mph (100 kph) 2.4s||0-62 mph (100 kph) 3.2s|
|Car||Caparo T1 (estimates)||Mclaren MP4-21|
|Acceleration||0-60 mph (96kph) 2.5s||0-60 mph (96kph) 2.3s|
*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.