How fast are F1 cars? – Top speed, acceleration, records and more


F1 is a thrilling sport and viewers are always fascinated by the sheer speed of the cars and the skills of the drivers – but do we exactly know how fast are F1 cars?

The fastest-ever speed recorded by an F1 car officially is 397.36km/h. F1 cars usually have a top race speed of 360 km/h. F1 cars speed up from 0 to 60 mph in roughly 2.6 seconds. It might seem low compared to their top speed because they can’t unleash full power from a standing start. A lot of their speed comes from aerodynamics which works better the faster the car is going.

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Formula One cars are not cheap to make (Getty)

Valtteri Bottas currently holds the record for the highest speed in an F1 race, hitting 372.5 km/h in the 2016 Mexican Grand Prix. While 372.5 km/h is the fastest speed set during a race, the fastest speed set with an F1 car is much higher.

Honda, who took their RA106 to the Bonneville Salt Flats in the US, a site famous for top speed runs, to try and break 400 km/ holds the recordh. They were unsuccessful but set 397.36 km/h top speed to claim the highest speed in an F1 car.

Where do things presently stand in the 2022 F1 season?

The results at the Mexican Grand Prix have caused several changes in both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship Leaderboard.

After this race in Mexico, Ferrari finished fifth, well behind Mercedes and Red Bull. Leclerc gained 10 points from the race and has cemented his place at the third position of the drivers’ championship leaderboard with a tally of 216 points.

The race was won by Max Verstappen who earned 25 points from the race, and cemented his position at the top of the table with 416 points. Sergio Perez is at second but is miles behind with just 280 points.

Image Credits – Charles Leclerc Twitter

The Leaderboard as Nico Hulkenberg at the bottom, with De Vries and latifi just above. The trio are having the worst time of the career, and is not much time left for them to rise and come back.

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