Both IndyCar and Formula 1 races are popular. They will have their premier races of the year soon. IndyCar began in 1911 in Indianapolis, and Formula 1 started in 1929 in Monaco. Both have an open wheel and open cockpit race cars. Here are the prime differences between the two races.
Both use V-6 internal combustion engines. IndyCar engines are 2.2-liter units and run on E85 ethanol. Formula One, on the other hand, uses 1.6 liters advanced hybrid power units engines. These run on unleaded fuel blends.
IndyCars have the highest speed limit of 240 mph, and Formula One car are 225 mph. A Formula One car can go 60mph in just 2 seconds, whereas an IndyCar goes 3 seconds time.
An IndyCar with engine, chassis, brakes, transmission and tires cost $3,000,000. A high range Formula One car costs 50 times more than IndyCar.They often cost $200,000,000! A number of measures are taken to cut down costs of Formula One cars. These cars are not allowed to be tested more than a few days in a year. Also, the time spent in the wind tunnel is restricted.
You can get the components of IndyCar off the shelf. You can get the engine from Chevrolet or Honda. The chassis are made by Dallara. Different aerodynamic packages are included for different tracks. There is low downforce for places like Indianapolis where the speed is an important factor and high downforce for road courses. IndyCar focuses on the drivers and not the cars. Formula 1, on the other hand, is all about cars. You can view Formula One cars as inverted airplanes. The shape of the car is designed so that the car is pulled down onto the track surface.
Both the cars are amazing and give the drivers a thrilling experience. In terms of popularity, Formula 1 seems to be a little ahead of the IndyCars.