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Top Speed: Approximately 240 mph

Engine: Twin-turbocharged, 2.2-liter V-6

Horsepower: Approx. 550 – 700 depending on turbo boost.

Gearbox: Assisted six-speed paddle-shift plus reverse

Fuel: Speedway E85 (a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent racing gasoline)

Tires: Firestone Firehawk (ungrooved racing slicks; grooved wet-condition tires for road/street courses)

Wheelbase: 117.5-121.5 inches

Weight: Approximately 1,700 pounds (road/street courses) 1,690 lbs (short oval configuration) and 1,655 pounds (speedway configuration), without fuel, driver and driver weight equivalent

Height: Approx 40 inches

Width: 76.5 inches maximum, 75.5 inches minimum, (75.75 inches minimum for ovals) measured outside rim to rim

Formula One Car

Top Speed: Approx. 200 mph

Engine: Turbocharged, 1.6-liter V-6

Horsepower: Approx. 810 (650 from engine and 160 from energy recovery systems)

Gearbox: Semi-automatic with eight forward gears plus reverse

Fuel: Unleaded racing gasoline

Tires: Ungrooved racing slicks and grooved wet condition tires

Weight: Maximum of 1,658 pounds (752 kilograms) without fuel, with 176 pounds (80 kilograms) coming form the driver, seat, and safety gear

Height: 37.40 inches maximum (95 centimeters)

Width: 78.74 inches, maximum (200 centimeters)

NASCAR Cup Series Car

Top Speed: Approx. 200 mph

Engine: Normally aspirated, 5.87-liter (358 cubic inches) V-8

Horsepower: Approximately 550 (tracks greater than 1-mile) and 750 (tracks 1-mile or less)

Gearbox: Manual four-speed

Fuel: E15 blend unleaded racing gasoline and up to 15 percent ethanol

Tires: Ungrooved racing slicks

Wheelbase: 110 inches

Weight: Minimum of 3,200 pounds, without driver

Height: 54 inches maximum

Width: 77 inches maximum

Sources: INDYCAR Photo,, Haas F1 Team,, Team Penske