Formula One racing, which has been around for the better part of the last century, has had its fair share of the greatest and fastest racing cars in the planet. Which is quite expected, after all, the FIA Formula One World Championship is not the highest class of single-seater auto racing in the world for nothing. Here we put together the best of the best, the cream of the crop when it comes to F1 Racing Cars.
One of the most dominant racing cars ever to participate in Formula 1, the McLaren-Honda MP4/4, designed by Gordon Murray and Steve Nichols, is one of the last turbocharged machines ever to run in the Formula 1 circuit. In a time when engine power output ruled, the MP4/4 rated at an astounding 1000bhp via its 1.5L V6 turbo Honda-powered engine. In the 1988 season, McLaren won 15 of 16 grand prix races with the MP4/4, claiming 15 pole positions. Driven by F1 legends Alain Prost and Aryton Senna, the season produced one of F1’s greatest and most storied rivalries of all time.
For all the greatness of Michael Schumacher with Ferarri, he would have never acheived all those without the great machine that is the Ferrari F2002. With Schumacher on the steering wheel, the F2002 was unstoppable, breaking almost every record imaginable, including the highest number of wins, highest number of championship victories and highest number of pole positions. What’s even greater with the F2002 is that it never had the sheer power of the more contemporary Williams-BMW of its time. What it showcased was the unique combination of a lightweight design, fuel efficient engine and great drivability.
Mercedes Benz W196
When Formula One started in 1950, it was first dominated by the likes of Alfa Romeo, Ferrari and Maserati. In 1954, however, the F1 racing landscape changed with the introduction of the Mercedes W196, a remarkable piece of engineering that ushered the era of fuel injected engines. In the capable hands of Juan Manuel Fangio and Sterling Moss, the Mercedes W196 won 9 out of 12 races it participated in during the 1954-1955 season.