BANG PER POUND
Until the mid-1980s
turbo Formula 1 cars
ridiculous amounts of
power, 1973’s 917/30
was the most powerful
ever built. It could put
out close to 1,600hp in
qualifying spec, but our
figure is based on the
still amazing 1,100hp
the 1,870lb machine
ran with in race trim.
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The minimum weight of a factory MotoGP bike is
158kg (348lb), and the 1,000cc four-strokes that
power them are making somewhere north of 245hp.
Which is mightily impressive. But keep in mind that
rider and fuel are a much higher percentage of total
weight than in F1, say, with Marc Marquez at 130lbs
and Valentino Rossi a slightly more robust 143lbs.
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Power outputs from the zenith of
F1’s original turbo era are legendary
– 1,300hp-plus for BMW’s inline- 4
with qualifying boost, and not much
less for Renault’s V6. This from
1.5-liter engines! Minimum car
weight was 540kg (1,190lb),
meaning a 1hp/lb-plus power to
weight in qualifying, but an engine
life measured in laps, not races.
Built to break the 1,000mph barrier on land, Bloodhound
puts out the equivalent of 135,000 hp. Some 57,000hp
comes from a Typhoon fighter’s EJ200 jet engine, and
that’s augmented by the 78,000hp kick of a hybrid rocket
motor. Total weight of this monster is around 17,000lbs.
One of the coolest things about NHRA Top
Fuel and Funny Car engines is that they’re
too powerful to put on a dyno. But a
generally accepted maximum of 9,000hp
and a Top Fuel class weight of 2,320lb
delivers an astonishing 3.88hp/lb power-to-weight ratio for these nitro-fueled wonders.
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