Friday, July 17, 2015 5:28:14 PM
Horsepower not impressive? It's 650HP in a 2.2l engine in a 1,500lb car. Some of those eingines aren`t even 100hp at stock and are put in cars weighing nearly twice as much. Sure a NASCAR engine puts out more, at over 2.5x the displacement.
If you want to bring top fuel into this (which, you know, basically trash their engines in a matter of seconds and are useless for anything other than a short and straight line), might as well go all the way and say an F1/NASCAR/top fuel engine isn`t impressive because there are diesel ship engines that crank out an excess of 100,000HP. AND they`re extremely efficient, to boot.
End of it is, an indy car is going to dumpster anything that isn`t another indy car, F1 car, or some experimental car made for the sake of "exactly how fast can we make something go around a track?"
Friday, July 18, 2014 5:38:12 PM
Totally open wheels makes it much harder to make the car aerodynamically efficient, a modern F1 has drag values comparable to a truck.
A lot of that is the deliberate aero, though. F1 rules forbid active aero, so you have to run the car with the same aero for the whole race. On the whole, downforce is more important than drag (to different degrees on different tracks, of course).
It would be interesting to see what an F1 team could come up with if they were given free rein. I'm sure the limit would be the driver, but I`m also sure it would beat any lap time on an circuit.
Friday, July 18, 2014 5:32:51 PM
The horsepower is really not that impressive.
In terms of raw power, true. But Indycars can go round corners very efficiently. Some of the tracks they race on are ovals. On such a track, there are repeated relatively long periods of lateral g-force. A car that could corner efficiently and had much more power than an Indycar would be downright dangerous on an oval track - there would be a non-trivial possibility of drivers blacking out on corners.
Friday, July 18, 2014 3:57:15 PM
The Bristol Fighter. Produced by Bristol Cars in England. Two seater sports car available in three options. The Fighter 525 hp. The Fighter S 628 hp The fighter T 1012 hp