For those that don’t understand auto racing, it just seems like a whole bunch of colorful racing cars going really fast around the track. But it is so much more than that! Here is a breakdown of the different styles of auto racing.
The Indy Car is the most popular racing event in the United States and Canada with the biggest event being the Indy 500. The tracks are all different and are also made of different surface material. On most tracks, most of the cars average a speed of 230 mph whereas they go fractionally slower on street tracks because of all of the twists and turns. The cars used in Indy Car events are very similar to the ones used in Formula One, except they have a much lower budget and so engine size is often less powerful and cars are not redesigned every season.
Formula one is one of the most prestigious sports with races taking places in some of the most affluent places in the world such as Monaco. Their budget for these events is massive; often well over the one million dollar mark.
The cars are like a work of art, they are an open wheel, only seat one person and is made of carbon fiber most of the time. The engines are supplied by some of the biggest names in the industry such as Mercedes-Benz, Renault and Ferrari. Although teams are usually very hush hush about the exact details of the makeup of their cars, most of the cars have a V-6 engine that emits about 600 horsepower.
FIA World Endurance Championship
The biggest difference between FIA and other motor sporting events is the duration. FIA events can take anywhere between six and twenty-four hours and so each car has two drivers that do 40-minute shifts. Another difference is that there are four different race car classes, and all of them will be on the track at the same time during a race. They vary from super elite models like Le Mans prototypes, all the way down to a more common model such as a Corvette.
The races take place all over the world such as North America and Asia, eight in total each season.
The number one spectator sport in America, NASCAR takes place on super tracks around America such as Charlotte, Daytona and Talladega.
The cars used in NASCAR are completely different to those used in Formula One and Indy Car. They are stock cars with rear-wheel drive and an engine in the front. But just because they are different, it doesn’t mean that they can’t go fast; they can reach speeds of 200mph.