Does weight affect the speed of racing cars?


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Weight has a direct impact on the efficiency and speed of a racing car; lighter weight is more desirable. Lighter engine parts help the car transfer energy more efficiently, which reduces the power lost in the transfer.

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Does weight affect the speed of racing cars?
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Professional race cars are almost completely handmade using lightweight materials designed for maximum efficiency. The frame is made from a steel tubing, and the body is constructed in lightweight sheet metal, all surrounding a bare block engine. Lightweight construction combined with aerodynamic design combine to generate downforce, which allows the race car to go through tight turns quickly with as little resistance as possible.

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