How much does a f1 car weigh? NASCAR car? What about average car weigh? Why these are so different? Today about the weight, not that on your scale, but why it’s so important for race cars?
Mass denotes the amount of matter that is contained in any object and is measured in kilograms(kg). In our case, it is measured in pounds (lbs). Mass is different from the weight (force experienced by an object due to the action of gravity on it)
***One pound = 0.45 kg.
Balance in physics is most often dependent on mass and this is what applies to cars as well.
For race cars…Doomsday was built for the sole purpose of taking down Superman, so too are race cars, to dominate their respective tracks. All the different types of race cars are built for particular environments subject to a specific range of conditions. Every part and piece of tech in the car plays a role that all contribute to drivers being in perfect harmony and balance with the car, for optimum performance, with mass at the center of it all.
Nascar stocks are endurance vehicles that require stability to ward off other cars and make banks. F1 cars battle natural conditions and G forces and need to be as maneuverable as possible while accelerating at split-second intervals. They need to be lightweight.
On ordinary roads, these cars will have their moments but ultimately won't last as long as they should. A change of speed for an F1 car, which is built for acceleration may cause accidents.
The Road cars…
Despite the weight of Nascar stock, road SUVs still weigh in at +582 lbs more than the stock cars, while compact cars like the Ford Focus and Hyundai Veloster weigh at least 2,919 lbs, which is both an average and practically standard weight.
Road cars are built to be resistant, enduring, and still satisfy a need for speed by everyday users. This continuous search for balance in both the racing world and the ordinary road makes for an intriguing and perpetual enjoyable experience for us all.
As long every one sticks to their road of expertise, we'll be fine.