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CAN YOU PUT AN F1 ENGINE IN A ROAD CAR?

Let's dive into the question of can you put an F1 engine in a road car?

Although we are told that road cars technology is based on motorsport and especially Formula 1 and some cars are very close to what Formula 1 cars are such as the Ferrari F-50 and the Porsche Carrera GT, but they are not exactly a direct Formula 1 engine swop.

First of all, Formula 1 engines are actually very difficult to start, they don't have the same "turn-key" capabilities as normal day to day road cars. Formula 1 engine components are provisionally engineered to work at optimal temperatures to perform their best on the track. Which essentially gets rid of any practicality elements of these engines. Furthermore, F1 engines don't even have a starter motor. They literally have to be cranked into life with an external starting tool.

Another major issue is cooling. Formula 1 cars have two massive vents on either side of the car but they are not fan-cooled. The car has to be moving in order to provide sufficient cooling so having an F1 engine in a road car, sitting in traffic will prove to be a bad idea! And fabricating additional cooling to an F1 engine in a road car will take up a lot more space and weight.

Lastly, we have the price. A standard F1 engine block will set you back around $8.1 Milion which is before anything else!

Take a look at the video below by YouTube channel: Drivetribe on why it's difficult to put an F1 engine in a road car.

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