March 24, 2005

Whoa

Being a fan of open-wheel racing, I generally think of Formula 1 as a race of driving virtuosity, as opposed to the raw mechanical power that seems to predominate in Champ Car or IRL. This seems especially true when you consider the number of rules the FIA has imposed upon F1 cars specifically to slow them down.

So how fast does an F1 car go, comparatively speaking? Check out this video in which driver David Coulthard and his Mercedez-Benz-equipped McLaren car blows the doors off two Mercedes street vehicles, even giving them a 70-second head start around the 3.2-mile road track. Vroom!

(H/T: Ghost of a Flea.)