Electric Cars vs. F1: Who’s Faster?

Nevera Fastest Despite Outweighing F1 Cars Combined
F1 Car vs World's FASTEST Hypercars: DRAG RACE

Expressing by words alone the immense speed of electric cars is difficult. This is why we’re so thankful that Carwow on YouTube organised an amazing drag race between two of the swiftest all-electric vehicles in existence – the Rimac Nevera and the McMurty Speirling – and a bona fide Formula 1 car, to compare how each of them performed.

The Rimac Nevera stands as the most potent option among the series, churning out a whopping 1,914 horsepower and 1,740 lb-ft of torque (2,360 Nm). It is also unsurprisingly the heaviest of the three, at a hefty 5,071 pounds (2,300 kg), which is more than double the heft of the McMurtry. Despite its mass, the Nevera zips forward with excruciating speed, reaching 60 mph in only 1.9 seconds, and climaxing at 258 mph.

Next up is the McMurtry Spierling, a lightweight vehicle that only weighs 2,205 pounds (1,000 kg) and provides 1,000 horsepower. Not only does this roadster produce instantaneous electrical torque, but moreover, its fan system generates over 4,400 pounds (2,000 kg) of downforce. The acceleration abilities of the Spierling are quite spectacular: hitting 60 mph in merely 1.4 seconds and exceeding 150 mph as its peak speed. Last year it made history when it broke the Goodwood Hill Climb record with its lightning fast 39.08 second run.

In conclusion we come to the F1 car, Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull RB8 from 2012 when he secured the World Championship title. This model is the least weighty, at approximately 1,540lbs (700kg), and has reduced horsepower with only 800hp. On paper these details seem unfavourable; however, it appears that its pilot, Red Bull’s alternate driver Liam Lawson, is ready for the battle!

Despite this, the Red Bull RB8 is unable to effectively accelerate from a stationary position. By the time Lawson can switch into second gear, both the Nevera and Spierling have already made substantial headway and are too out of reach. Despite being set to the highest downforce configuration with the goal of increased speed, when starting from 50 mph, the Nevera still manages to outperform the F1 car considerably. The one domain where the RB8 performs better is in the shortest braking distance from 100 mph.

Altogether removed from one another, the Nevera as well as the Spierling are electric-driven. The Spierling is obviously the swiftest in terms of accelerating while it would be undefeated in a one-fourth-mile competition. On the other hand, the Nevera stands out in maximum velocity, contrary to the Spierling, its innovation does not achieve such a high level of acceleration but has improved sixty to seventy-mile lead, enabling it to outpace over longer disctances.

Revision: As of December 12, 2023, this piece that first appeared on August 9th of the same year has undergone alterations.

Source: Carwow via YouTube

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