59 Formula 1 still slower than Le Mans LMP1 prototypes

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Even with wider tyres and more traction, Formula 1 cars have not caught up to the blistering acceleration benchmarks set by current generation LMP1 prototypes.

The last Sunday's Sky Sports feed of Formula 1 Austrian GP included unusual data graphic - 0-200 kph acceleration time for Valtteri Bottas Mercedes W08 in 4.6 seconds.

This acceleration time was measured after perfect start with very low reaction delay - so perfect, in fact, that competitors Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo assumed Valtteri had jumped the start and pleaded for race direction investigation.

4.6 seconds is just 0.1 slower than LMP1 Porsche 919. LMP1 cars are four wheel drive and are believed to be more powerful than Formula 1 cars. Exact power output for fastest teams in both racing series are unknown, but we can speculate that F1 powertrains are now producing close to 1000 horsepower, while LMP1 prototypes can generate up to 1 megawatt (1300+ metric horsepower) in "full delivery" mode.

3y ago by FastestLaps
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  3y ago

f1 cars are all about high downforce though...


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Andrew Evoluzione  3y ago

I always like LMP1 more than F1... WEC rules !

550x800m


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Life in the slow lane!  3y ago

At the start of the race they weigh a little bit more. Because of obvious reasons. How much fuel do they carry at the start 220 lbs? Compare that to a qualification lap with 20-40 lbs.


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King rocker  3y ago

Dude, who cares? An F1 at 330kph will decelerate faster than the Lmp BY JUST LIFTING THE THROTTLE. The lap times are made by breaking, now acceleration performance. That's why you see most overtaking happens during breaking. Capish?


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phavyarden  3y ago

I don't know m8, even considering that Porsche always post very conservative figures, those numbers are just claims under very specific conditions. Not to mention that the main straight is on uphill


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sroser  3y ago

A Tesla P100D can beat an F1 car 0-100kph, which makes this thread a little silly really.


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saxy  3y ago

Sad. Porsche pulling out of Le Mans. Does that mean Toyota will too?


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Pertol head car loving XKR drive  3y ago

I dont care, I have been to both race series and love them all, whether its lawn mower racing, F1, Indy, Lemans rally, classics, goodwood, so long as they all continue and petrol heads can get their fix then long live motor sport. The technology that is driven from this sport is outstanding.


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sroser  3y ago

F1 cars are faster on acceleration too, just not from 0-100kph. 100-200kph and 100-300kph they're much faster. You only have to start a race once, so 0-100kph is meaningless.


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Zulmiro  3y ago

What a fallacious title... the 0-200kph is such a meaningless characteristic on a comparison between two race cars, especially one with the chosen title...
The truth is the f1 car was and still is much faster (on the track wich is where it matters) , and to my surprise it seems that even on this acceleration (0-200) it has an equivalent time(if not faster) to a more powerfull awd race car...


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Annoyinimus  3y ago

Start is uphill


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rhs1992  3y ago

And with activated DRS F1 car, could do 0-200 in less than 4.5s


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rhs1992  3y ago

Vettel did in 4.7s


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saxy  3y ago

4.6s to 200kph in a car of about 100kg of fuel. That is impressive indeed.

And yes that was a jumpstart for sure


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Murmur  3y ago

Is there a similar, real measured time for a LMP1 car, instead of the useless and purely theoretical ones?


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Derb  3y ago

it was a jumpstart
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tken_aR8bD8
but this stupid formela 1 stewards do what they want
"it was in the tolerance" what stupid shit
in FOUR fps you can see the tyres and the car moving while the light are still red
four fps! this is not even close to a correct start