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How Do Top-Tier Race Cars Compare On-Track?

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This isn’t as easy to answer as you might think. Paper comparisons are one thing: laps turned in anger, with a stopwatch, are another thing entirely. It takes a motorsports expert and a lot of happy coincidences to draw any sort of conclusions worth hanging your helmet on. Luckily, we know a guy.


Marshall Pruett is a long-time Road & Track contributor, who’s also one of’s ace motorsports analysts and reporters. He scrounged up lap times for similar F1, LMP1, LMP2, Daytona Prototypes, and other top-level race cars at the same tracks, under similar conditions. Then he applied his expertise to suss out the subtleties the times alone won’t tell you to draw some of the most authoritative comparisons you can get. It’s fascinating. Check it out.

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