F1 and Indy cars are both influential brands that rule the car racing track. Both serve the same purpose, but differ in terms of specifications, way of racing, location and many more aspects which make a comparative study necessary to develop a better understanding of the cars.
Even though the cars have similar appearance, there is a clear difference between their lengths. F1 cars are 25 cm longer than Indy cars. Read ahead to know more about these cars.
Comparison of Assembly and Tracks of the Cars
When it comes to the parts of the car, Indy does not manufacture car parts on their own but get it from outside suppliers while the F1 car parts are designed in their own factories. This factor offers better customization options to F1.
There is a notable difference in the tracks of Indy car racing and F1 racing because they are designed to run on different tracks, which often makes the speed comparison unfair. Indy cars are designed to run on oval tracks as well on the street roads but F1 is not designed to run on street roads.
Engine and Brakes
F1 uses 1.6 liter V-6 engine while Indy car has a 2.2 liter V-6 engine and both cars have excellent braking system designed by taking their blowing speeds into consideration. While comparing the braking system efficiencies, the F1 gets the upper hand because its brakes are made of carbon fiber while Indy cars have steel brakes.
Carbon brakes are allowed in Indy cars but not in all cases, and the steel brakes contribute more to the weight of the car.
Ground Effect and Weight
Both the cars are designed in ways that limit the ground effect but complete elimination of the effect is not practically possible. Certain standard rules are followed to minimize the ground effect and they are same for both the cars but their weights still differ. F1 cars are lighter than Indy cars and the lighter weight has a positive impact on the speed of F1 cars.
Turbo charging boosts the power and efficiency of the car by adding compressed air into the combustion chamber and the effect is banned in F1 cars while moderate turbo charging is allowed in Indy cars.
Apart from the differences in physical features of the cars, they differ in terms of their racing structure too. The race time is different in F1 racing and Indy car racing, and F1 cars have shorter race time than Indy cars.
Most of the specifications of Indy cars and F1 cars are different and if you have to choose the winner in sports car racing, it would be F1 cars due to their lighter weight and better speed. The fact that the F1 team itself manufactures the car parts helps F1 perform better than Indy cars in the racing track.