MotoGP and Formula 1 are two of the fastest motorsports on the planet. They each come with a distinct set of challenges, and both groups of riders are pushed to their limits and those of the circuits they race on. But who is the fastest?
Formula 1 cars are much faster than MotoGP bikes, and the lap times of F1 cars are therefore much shorter than those of MotoGP bikes. F1 cars turn much faster than MotoGP bikes because they have a lot more downforce, which allows them to take corners much faster.
But there’s more than just shorter lap times to consider when comparing the two motorsports. Besides the fact that F1 cars have twice as many wheels, there are many other factors that set F1 and MotoGP apart!
There are few circuits where MotoGP and F1 can both hold races. And even when this is the case, modifications are often made to motorcycles.
However, there are a few circuits where no modification is required, including COTA, the Red Bull Ring and the Losail Circuit.
The main and most obvious difference between MotoGP and Formula 1 is the fact that F1 cars have four wheels while motorcycles have two. This presents different challenges for each vehicle, which we will discuss in more detail shortly. In addition to the number of tires, the weight of each vehicle is also very different.
A MotoGP motorcycle weighs around 157 kg on its own, while an F1 car weighs a minimum of 798 kg with a rider, but without fuel.
It is obvious that the car is much bigger than the motorcycle, which means that their engines are also much bigger. The motorcycles use a one-liter four-cylinder engine, capable of an output of around 250 horsepower.
The F1 cars use a 1.6 liter hybrid V6 engine, which can produce around 1,000 horsepower. This means that the power to weight ratio of the motorcycle is higher than that of the car, but it’s not just the power.