Unique Traits Of a Race Car

Car racing is a high paced, exciting sport enjoyed by millions. The vehicles that are driven during this contest are specially built for this. Here are a few differences that set them apart.

Engines Are Like Those In Regular Cars

While these machines have performance motorsport parts within them, they are similar to the motor that is in your car. They are constructed the same as the engines in the corresponding model but with significant improvements to make it faster and more powerful. Each one is limited by the rules of the sport to 875 horsepower a piece.

Roll Cage

The frame around the driver is made of steel tubing. This is done to protect the driver in the case of a crash. If that does happen, the engine will also disengage from the bottom preventing the chance of a fire or explosion.

Multiple Cars

Each team takes several cars to each race so that they can gauge which one will work best on the track. It takes about ten days to construct each of the vehicles from welding the floor and roll cage to dropping the well-known frame over it. Each one is tested before the race starts. This way the driver is comfortable while he is driving.


The tires on the race car are filled with nitrogen instead of regular air. The normal air pumped into tires will swell under the high temperatures race cars produce while they are performing. Nitrogen is less volatile and easier for the driver to control while he is operating the vehicle.

Life Of the Car

While there is quite a bit of time put into building the vehicles, they will only last for a thousand miles. Each contest can be rough on the driver and machine. After a race, the car is broken down then reconstructed into a new vehicle.

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