Top Gear Drag Races F1 Car vs Formula E and WRC cars, it’s not even close
Formula 1 is the highest form of motor racing supervised by the FIA. The question is, can a champion car like the Mercedes W10 defeat a Formula E car and a WRC rally car in a straight line air combat?
Top Gear’s designated racing driver and his buddies have to answer that question on a rather wet track. All three vehicles are fitted with profiled tires, but the 2019 Mercedes W10 fares much better in these conditions thanks to its Pirelli Cinturato Blue rubber.
Upgraded with new aerodynamic elements and the livery of the W12 that helped Mercedes-AMG Petronas win the Manufacturers’ Title in 2021, the V6-powered car is set to win this race for all the obvious reasons. The DS E-Tense FE21 just doesn’t have the legs to keep up with Lewis Hamilton’s hybrid-powered machine, but Ford has the traction advantage as the M-Sport Fiesta WRC rocks all-wheel drive.
Obviously, Formula E and the rally car both sink better than F1 offline. Despite the wheelspin, the W10 accelerates like no one else, crossing the finish line ahead of its unlikely rivals.
Either way, the M-Sport Fiesta WRC sounds a lot louder than the W10 when accelerating. We often criticize Formula 1 for ditching the previous N / A V8 engine for a turbo hybrid V6, but that’s what it is nonetheless.
The World Rally Championship is expected to introduce hybrid transmissions next year, which is why M-Sport has switched from the Fiesta to the Puma for 2022. Formula 1, on the other hand, brings a lot of changes in the aerodynamic field with the renewal of ground effects. The switch to 18-inch wheels fitted with low-profile tires is a pretty big change in and of itself.
As for Formula E, the Gen3 race car will debut in the 2022-2023 season with increased power and reduced weight. Also worth noting are the fast-charging batteries capped at 600 kilowatts, two generators and a top speed of 200 mph (322 km / h) compared to today’s 174 mph (280 km / h).