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What is faster a Formula 1 car or a MotoGP motorcycle?

Is a faster formula 1 car or one MotoGP? This is a very interesting question that many fans of both competitions constantly ask themselves. Howev

What is faster a Formula 1 car or a MotoGP motorcycle?


Is a faster car or one MotoGP? This is a very interesting question that many fans of both competitions constantly ask themselves. However, to answer it we must first make some preliminary observations and address some technical issues. This is because a single-seater and one motorcycle they are two very different vehicles, especially from a dynamic point of view.

Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes-AMG Petronas and Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing.

Red Bull

Dynamic Differences

Having four wheels or two not only makes a big difference when going into corners, but also when braking. But before we talk about that, let’s address the issue of weight and power. An formula 1 car, by regulation, must weigh no less than 795 kg, including the weight of the pilot and all liquids on board. This mass is moved by about 1,000 horsepower. A MotoGPInstead, it must weigh at least 157 kg, to which must be added the weight of the driver, which we can estimate at around 70 kg. Therefore, we have a total of 227 kg for powers that are now approaching 300 hp.

Consequently, in a formula 1 careach CV must move 0.795 kg, while in MotoGP We are talking about a single CV transporting 0.756 kg.

So we could say that the weight is in favor of two-wheelers, but does this answer our initial question? That is, one MotoGP is faster than a formula 1 car? It is not as simple as it seems.

What happens in the corners

If we talk about pure speed, the MotoGP they have a slight advantage, as they have a much smaller frontal area and almost zero downforce. For example, at the Mugello circuit in Italy, from MotoGP close to 350 km/h, while the formula 1 cars they “stop” when reaching 320 km/h. If, on the other hand, we talk about acceleration from a stationary point, from 0 to 100 km/h, the results are similar, with about 2.5 seconds. From 0 to 200 km/h, motorcycles are faster by about half a second, while from 0 to 300 km/h the single-seaters they prevail for about a second, a considerable difference if we remember that these are timed competitions where thousandths of a second are crucial.