Cars were first used as a means of transport for people from one place to another. People have found different ways to entertain themselves through cars via racing. Racing has become a sport nowadays using modified cars. To make the sport more attractive, competitions are held between competitors, and the one that has the fastest car and wins the race also gets a prize bonus. Thus, racing cars have become a sport in today’s world.
A racing car focuses on system efficiencies such as maximum speed, driving thrills, and acceleration handling. The maximum number of seats in this car is 2, with no fixed roof. Therefore, they are more costly than regular cars. However, a few groups of people collect them to attract the eyes of the public.
|First Racing Car:||1867|
|Won By:||Isaac Watt Boulton|
|Venue:||Road and Streets|
|Best Sports Car:||Mazda MX-5|
Racing Cars History
The first racing car competition was organized in 1867 and was won by Isaac Watt Boulton at a distance of eight miles. Soon after the first competition, the new and improved version of cars was held in 1887. The race was held in two points, from Neuilly Bridge to the Bois de Boulogne at a distance of 2km. It has now become a tradition on Thanksgiving Day, and the United States of America media made it an interest for the Americans in racing cars.
Since racing cars became popular in the 1950s and 60s, a new breed of hybrid cars appeared on the race tracks. The vehicles featured American engines and European chassis.
What are racing cars
Regular cars are modified to act as racing cars. The shape of the car is designed to be aerodynamic for maximum speed, and the engine is modified to reach higher speeds. They are designed to be used on a prepared track. Moreover, the engine and drivetrain of the car significantly influence the handling of a car. Therefore, they have a rear-wheel-drive engine located at the front or center of the car.
The use of all-wheel drive became more common in the 1990s because the layout offered more speed and better handling to the racing cars. Lamborghini Huracan and Bugatti Veyron are an example of the all-wheel-drive configuration. However, rear-engine designs are not used for sports cars, and it is only found in the Porsche 911. Furthermore, Racing cars are made stable by overcasting the center of gravity.
Racing cars games
People implemented racing car games for users to have a much more thrilling feel of these cars. Video games were created for users who wanted to experience the intensity of these cars used in race tracks around the globe. Racing simulations have become realistic throughout the years, and the first video game originated in the 1990s.
As technology has become innovative and vast, certain high-performance consoles have been made to make video games a lot more realistic. Consoles such as PlayStation 5 and Xbox 360 have games that are of high-quality resolutions and graphics. Moreover, racing car games have different styles and genres.
1- Arcade racing
In this type of genre, the cars work on physics, i.e., if the driver wants to take a sharp turn, they have to reduce their speed. Collisions also bring out the natural feel when playing these games. Also, arcade games are available in Arcade stores with different types. Moreover, arcade-style racing games offer players various cars and tracks to play on.
2- Simulation racing cars
These games replicate the handling of a racing car, just like in real life. Players can choose from different licensed cars or racing leagues. These games offer proper handling techniques and top-speeds of racing cars, along with vehicular behavior physics.
The elements play a crucial role in creating a fun experience game. Moreover, features such as traction control, automatic gear changes, air resistance, and other in-game assistive features are also included. A few examples of simulator games are Forza Motorsport, Assetto Corsa, and Gran Turismo.
3- Kart racing
These types of games have further been simplified while adding obstacles and various track designs. Kart racing video games are based on cartoon characters that drive certain racing cars. Furthermore, different action elements have also been added in Kart racing, in which players can collect various power-ups and shoot objects at other playable characters.
The cars are designed as go-karts with only a gear stick and clutch pedal. They are not realistic and look nothing like real sports cars. A few examples of kart racing video games include Mario Kart and South Park. Kart racing games were introduced and popularized by Nintendo Entertainment System.
4- Futuristic racing
These games include science fiction vehicles to race against other vehicles or time. Futuristic racing was first introduced in the 1980s with the first example of Laserdisc games Star Rider which was released in 1983. The games consisted of animations and laser-disc videos for the background. These games were supported by consoles such as PlayStation game wipeout and F-zero X for the Nintendo 64, including cars two racing games.
A few popular racing cars games include;
- Asphalt 3: Street Rules
- Asphalt 3D
- Asphalt 4-9
- Asphalt Injection and Overdrive
- Drift Max Pro-Car Drifting Game with racing cars
- Bang Bang Racing
Racing cars in Pakistan
Racing cars are only affordable for a small group of people because they are very expensive. They are available in various sizes, colors, and shapes, holding different prices. Sports cars were derived from the name racing cars due to the design and engineering of these cars. Moreover, the comfortable environment of a sports car makes the driver feel like he is driving a jet.
The cars are fitted with the most potent engine, cargo capacity, and design. Right now, the Audi and Mercedes series are also considered powerful speed cars, and they are available in Pakistan as well. Sports car such as Mazda rx8 is imported to Pakistan as it is not manufactured in the country.
But there are a few automobiles manufacturers in Pakistan, such as Honda that produces sports car such as Honda CR Z. The unique selling point of Honda CR Z is its sporty design to influence a fast and thrilling driving experience.
Best Racing Cars
The list of best-racing cars in 2021 are as follows:
1- Chevrolet Camaro
Chevrolet Camaro is a sports car produced and manufactured by Chevrolet; the basic variant of a Chevrolet Camaro comprises a 2.0L four cylinders turbo engine. The engine of the car produces 275 hp and 296 ft-lbs of power.
The price of a Turbocharger Chevrolet Camaro can reach up to 3.1 million Pakistani Rupees. Users can also opt for a rear-wheel-drive version of the car. A 2019 model of the Chevrolet Camaro has a 6.2L V8 engine that can reach 0-96 km/h in 3.5 seconds and the top speed of the car is 325 km/h.
2- Mazda RX-8
Mazda RX-8 was first introduced in 2003 and went by the common name of Quad Coupe. The price of the Mazda RX-8 2011 model is between 2.2-2.4 million Pakistani Rupees. Therefore, the car is an affordable rear-wheel drive and one of the most acceptable options for racing cars.
The top speed of the Mazda RX-8 is 270 km/h, and it produces a maximum horsepower of 232 hp at 8500 RPM. The engine of the car comprises a 1.3 L RENESIS two-rotor engine.
3- Ferrari 488 GTB
Ferrari 488 GTB is a sports car produced by the company Ferrari. The car can reach 0-100 km/h in 3 seconds. Moreover, the engine of the car comprises a Twin-Turbo 3.9 L V8 engine that produces a remarkable horsepower of 661 hp at 8,000 RPM.
As a result, the top speed of the Ferrari 488 GTB is 330 km/h. furthermore, the expected price of the Ferrari 488 GTB in Pakistan is around 39.7 million Pakistani Rupees making it one of the most expensive racing cars in Pakistan.
4- Lamborghini Huracan
The price of Lamborghini in Pakistan is between 25 to 100 million Pakistani rupees. The engine of the car comprises a DOHC 5.2 L 40-valve V10 direct fuel injection. The engine can generate 631 horsepower at 8000 RPM. Moreover, Lamborghini Huracan ranks number 4th for the best racing cars. The car can reach 0-100 Km/h in 2.9 seconds.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why are racing cars low and flat?
A: They are designed in that way to reduce air resistance and aerodynamics. As a result, low and flat cars tend to attain maximum speeds.
Q: Are racing cars electric?
A: They can be either electric, manual or automatic. For example, the Tesla models also have electric racing cars.
Q: What is a formula racing car?
A: Formula racing is a type of open-wheel single-seat motorsport. The drivers are bound by several rules while participating in this type of race.
Q: What is the number one sports car in the world?
A: The best sports car in the world is Mazda MX-5 which is also the top-selling car in the world.
Q: What are the best racing cars games?
A: The best racing cars games are as follows;
- Asphalt 8 Airborne
- Midnight Club
- Burnout Paradise
- Forza Horizon 4
- Need For Speed