A look back at the most impressive race car engines
Did you know that race cars must have extremely powerful engines to be winners? In addition to the aerodynamics that have been implemented and the modifications, the engine is what makes the car the ultimate winner.
Let’s start with the famous Formula One Ferrari. One of the most famous engines in F1 was the Ferrari V10 F1. It was a 3.0-liter, ten-cylinder race car that was responsible for 57 victories.
The Porsche Flat 6 is another racing vehicle that made its mark on the world. It was an air-cooled 2.0-liter engine. The most recent version of this Porsche has achieved impressive results by winning many races over the years.
The Porsche Flat 12 has one of the largest engines in the racing industry. There are two six cylinder engines inside this car. It is a 4.5 liter engine that has 1500 horsepower. You can imagine how tight the driver must have been to make room for this massive machine.
The 4-rotor Mazda R26B might have been one of the craziest models in the racing industry. Having participated in 21 races and only winning one can be a strange statistic. This race was LeMans’ and it made an impression as it was the only car that was not a conventional piston engine and it was a unique brand.
The BMW S14 was the start of the M series. Winning the championship but not winning races, it was simply a 2.5-liter engine with only four cylinders.
The Audi R10-18 TDI has gone through many changes over time, but it has always had a memorable engine. Originally, this model was a gasoline engine that had ten cylinders. This was enrolled in the LeMans race and won. However, the manufacturers decided to place a twelve-cylinder diesel engine and two turbos. Now that’s an astonishing amount of power in a single race car. Not even Formula One cars have a V12 engine.
All racing cars must be equipped with the best mechanical and electrical parts. The races are there to demonstrate the quality of the car before hitting the city streets. Racing cars also test how well an engine can cope with extreme conditions like heat, rain, and snow.
Race tracks are also the best places for tire manufacturers to test their new products. Rubber must withstand heat and friction for long periods of time and on track day it is time to test it out.