Q: What is a Race Car?

December 17, 2013 12:53 PM

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A racecar is designed and built for speed, performance and competition. Obviously, these cars are mainly made for racing and are usually found at racetracks or racing circuits. Some street-legal exotic sports cars are so Spartan and powerful that they are nothing more than racecars for the street.

Among other things, racecars are known for their speed. These lightweight, aerodynamic cars have powerful engines that give them quicker acceleration and a higher top speeds than ordinary cars. Racecars are, however, expensive. They also cost a lot to operate and can be very temperamental.

In addition to unbelievable power, Fuel efficiency is something most race car owners worry about. Fuel efficiency refers to the amount of fuel that a vehicle needs to get the job done. More work -- more power -- can naturally require more fuel. A racecar engine may or may not be more efficient compared to ordinary car engines -- it depends on how the engine is built. A fuel-efficient racecar matters because the fewer times you have to fill up the fuel tank, the more time you spend racing.

Racecars are also well known for their impressive handling. Handling refers to the ease and ability with which a car handles at higher speeds in corners. These cars are capable of turning into very sharp corners at higher than expected speeds because of their meticulously-engineered suspensions, aerodynamic controls, and low centers of mass. Cars with a low center of mass are better at staying planted in corners than those with a high centers of mass.

Aerodynamic design and suspension also play a great role in a racecar's performance. Aerodynamics refers to the shape of the car, which is designed to reduce air resistance. Air resistance can affect a car's performance at high speeds because it opposes the forward motion of the car. Racecars often have a better car suspension than ordinary cars. Like a low center of mass, this better suspension helps keep a racecar poised and steady in high-speed corners.

Racecars are not built for ordinary roads. They have powerful engines, impressive handling and very cool looks. However, they are very expensive, very rare, and have limited practical use. If you plan to buy a car and are thinking of a getting racecar, you aren't a consumer, you're a collector.

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