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Whether you’re a casual observer or a hardcore fan of Formula One (F1) who enjoys making wagers on sports betting odds, you cannot deny its overall appeal.
With some of the greatest names in the racing industry competing for bigger and better titles each year, brand deals and car manufacturers are also becoming more competitive.
The functionality and overall design of the racecars are something worth noting. While high-performing turbo engines will increase how fast a car is, speed is generally determined by the weight of the car and the weight of the driver. An additional kilogram could add massively to the total race time of an F1 car!
Here are some of the fastest F1 cars of all time for you to take a look at.
The first-ever Lotus E23 car was revealed to the public in 2015. In its F1 debut this same year, the Lotus E23 was driven by Reverend Maldonado and Romain Grosjean. This model has since maintained a permanent spot among the fastest F1 cars of all time.
Despite having a 20-year partnership with Renault, the Lotus E23 car was equipped to handle the power of a Mercedes engine. As a result, it became the only Lotus car to utilize a Mercedes engine. The change came due to the poor performance of its predecessor, the E22, with the tusk nose.
This car has a hp of 930, an RPM of 15,000, and also has impressive features such as carbon fiber plate clutches and forwards, and reverse gear.
The Lotus E23 can be described as above-average in terms of its speed, reaching a recorded high of 217 mph (349 km/h). This is due to its weight of around 702 kg (1,548 lb), which was quite light for an F1 car at the time.
Of all of the racing cars that have graced F1, the Ferrari SF70H is one of the fastest and most iconic F1 cars of all time. So much so that it’s a coveted prize by many athletes on and off the track!
This beauty was designed and constructed by Scuderia Ferrari for the 2017 F1 season. It was driven by world champion racer Sebastian Vettel, who later won the 2017 Australian Grand Prix.
It has a distinctive shape with a wide front, wide tires, and rear wings that set it apart from other Ferrari models. Combined with a unique Ferrari 062 engine and 950-1000 hp, the shape of this vehicle allows more airflow to enter with minimal disruption from the front suspension elements.
This model also has a special engine with a maximum speed of 15,000 rpm. To emphasize how incredible that is, the normal range for cars driving on a highway is anywhere from 1,500 RPM to 2,000 RPM!
Most importantly, however, the Ferrari SF07H weighs 728 kg (including the driver and fuel), reaching 211 mph (340.6 km/h).
Red Bull RB13
Another outstandingly fast F1 car is Red Bull racing’s 2017 challenger, the Red Bull RB13.
This racing car debuted during the 2017 Australian Grand Prix and was driven by champions including Aussie Daniel Ricciardo and Dutchman Max Verstappen.
Some notable features include a very powerful 6-cylinder engine with 900 bhp that significantly boosts speed within seconds, a maximum RPM of 15,000, and a unique hollowed-out nose cone tip. Inside of this sits a large duct that channels air through the cockpit to cool the driver and generally control the temperature inside.
It was also the first British-based foreign F1 car to use ExxonMobil fuel. With a total weight of 728 kg (1,604 lbs) and reaching top speeds of 211 mph (340 km/h), it remains firmly up there with some of the fastest F1 cars of all time!
This model was upgraded for the 2016 F1 season and improved significantly on its predecessor’s designs. In this upgrade, Manor integrated the Mercedes power unit to replace previously used Ferrari power which increased its overall performance.
Some significant characteristics of this car include a powerful hybrid Mercedes PU106C V6 Turbo engine, a cooling system featuring aluminium oil, and transmission radiators to prevent the engine from overheating.
This 702 kg (1,547.6 lb) model was also built in partnership with Williams. As a result, it features high-functioning sequential transmission, wheels, and rear suspension, which secures it as one of Formula One’s fastest cars of all time.
Ahead of the 2016 F1 season, Rio Haryanto and Pascal Wehrlein were announced as the race team drivers. Esteban Ocon went on to replace Haryanto ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix.
Mercedes AMG W08 EQ Power+
Another addition to the fastest F1 cars of all time is this Mercedes model. Every car used EQ Power+ in addition to an AMG sticker which shows Mercedes’ intent to increase exposure to the electric road car brand.
The overall power of the Mercedes AMG W08 EQ Power unit is 950-100 hp and it also boasts an impressive 15,000 RPM like the other additions to this list. It’s also the most powerful out of all of the 2017 F1 machines and clocks in at a 728 kg (1,605 lb) total weight.
Powered by Petronas Primax fuel and a 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 engine for optimum performance, this car was almost revolutionary. It only kept around 17% of the overall components of its predecessor!
W08 chose Valtteri Bottas and three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton to race this model during its debut F1 season.
These are just a handful of some of the fastest and most iconic cars in the history of F1. While there are plenty more models by many different manufacturers that have proceeded to reach top speeds since the beginning of F1, these race cars are some of the most consistent in terms of hitting lap records and generally speeding around the track.