This is why racing cars are smaller than you think

You wouldn’t say racing cars look particularly small, would you? Well, sit a prototype next to a GT racecar, and you’ll suddenly realise just how tiny some racing cars are. Mike gets his models out to explain why some racing cars are much smaller than you think!

To read the article written by DriveTribe community member Clemsie McKenzie that this video was based on, click the link here: https://drivetribe.com/p/why-do-prototypes-look-bigger-than-K6GQ65lgQHiEvyHwSK1pkA?iid=NB7hDX7-RHGYAN8U8a5CwA

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50 Comments

  1. SMIFFY on September 15, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    When I’ve seen race cars up close I’ve never thought them smaller than expected.

  2. piston popper on September 15, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    loose the music so irratating

  3. Tiexin Guo on September 15, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    Where does this guy come from? I hate his accent

  4. Daksh Pat on September 15, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    Then theres the BMW M8 GTE that’s even bigger than the production version or any other car on the track.

  5. Tsz Fung Li on September 15, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    I just think it’s normal size… Not the bigger size that you visualised.
    Even if I see the side by side picture you shown, 2 car still look same size to me

  6. legitscoper on September 15, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    Lol on left there is also a racing car

  7. csonkaperdido on September 15, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    I wish the ACO would write the rulebook so that EVERY prototype /hypercar /LMDh MUST LOOK LIKE :
    The Bentley Speed 8
    Peugeot 908
    Or Toyota GT-One
    That’s it. Just those 3.
    In my opinion they’re the most beautiful cars ever!

  8. hereiam2005 on September 15, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    The main reason for the dimensional discrepancy is the fact that the maximum length of a Le Mans LMP1 car is 4,650 millimetres where as there’s no such limit imposed on F1 car.

  9. Simon Coles on September 15, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    the comparison of the 919 and the 911 is a bit misleading as 911’s are now larger than the sun.

  10. Mister Entangled on September 15, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    Please clean your toys…

  11. Working Guy on September 15, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    I would have never even thought about this subject to ask you to cover it. Please, by all means, create videos on whatever it is you believe many get wrong with regard to cars or racing.

  12. Kaung Sithu sett on September 15, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    Please explain the difference between group c, LMGTP, LMGTC, Daytona prototypes and all those other obscure classes

  13. bukan urusan saya on September 15, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    F1: haaii

  14. ImCephei on September 15, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    Today´s F1 cars are 5 meters long
    Btw, great video!

  15. Vince de Simone on September 15, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    Similar thing happened when seeing a Lancia Integrale up close, I was surprised how small it actually is. Looks alot bigger in footage.

  16. Walter Burton on September 15, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    Reduce the volume (maybe even the tempo?) of the music. Otherwise, 👍👍👍.

  17. oscar knipmeijer on September 15, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    I like this video !
    Very well explained.
    I like the bit where you as a person get fooled by the size off a windshield and think that a F1 car is as big as a ‘normal’ car.
    As a kid i allways dreamed to drive a F1 car. The first time i saw a F1 car as a teenager (1980) for real i was so increadably disappointed. It looked so small (and uncomfortable) compare to what i saw on tv during the f1 races.
    I couldn’t imaging that driving such cars would be fun.

  18. Rockracer1288 on September 15, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    i already knew the LM cars were relatively small

    but holy shit the 919 is just tiny

  19. D Carbs on September 15, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    I’ve sat in the real Bentley speed 8 (a showroom display when my mate’s Royce was in for a service). Interior is fairly small but the overall size is huge compared with earlier road and race cars. Especially old cars like an Austin 7 or original mini.

  20. eyhh on September 15, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    so who’s Luke?

  21. Dylan Steffgen on September 15, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    You lost me at thumb ring

  22. HexBash Plays on September 15, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    I discovered at the Indianapolis speedway museum I was shocked by the difference in size to what I thought the cars were. Thank you for this video though very informative!

  23. Patrick Kennedy on September 15, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    BMW M8 GTE: @ me mate

  24. JohannesMP on September 15, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    would have been interesting to mention the 1:x scale of each of your models there

  25. Isaiah Mascarenas on September 15, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    the picture is wrong, the 919 is the same height as the 911 rsr, and its only 6 inches shorter

  26. Sflot on September 15, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    Why is this surprising? Racing cars are smaller than road cars because today’s road cars are simply massive and bloated with safety features. Compare race cars to older road cars and there’s not a whote lot of difference in size.

  27. XxMsrSzprzxX on September 15, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    Mirrors might be a better reference.

  28. Beach&BoardFan on September 15, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    Mmmmmm bentley speed 8! Pretties car ever made, both of them!

  29. Musyaffa Geerhan on September 15, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    The real question is… where did he buy those die cast cars. I want one

  30. Brick Zhou on September 15, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    Meanwhile in 2019 f1………

  31. Juan Cardenas on September 15, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    You couldn’t just buy another 1:18 model that wasn’t a Ford GT?

  32. theslashmetal on September 15, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    the main reason for the height of racing cars is the height of the center of gravity and the size is due to the weight restriction so racing cars must be small and low.
    An f1 car is not big!!!

    it’s nearly 4.5m long (a Ford Mondeo is 4.78m long like a Lamborghini Aventador, a Mercedes S class is 5.1m long)

    2m wide (maximum size at wheels sides 1.6m at the body sides) smaller than a Lamborghini aventador wich is 2.03m (Ford Mondéo 1.85m wide) and only 0.95m high (1.13m for the lambo and 1.48m for the standard car)

    Smaller = lighter ; lower = better stability because of the lower center of gravity.
    Those cars are big because a Catheram 7 (485 S) is: 3.1m long; 1.58m wide and low enough not to have to pay the parking…
    race cars are big

  33. bobkin611 on September 15, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    0:00 damn that is small. How does the driver fit in?

  34. Burnt Chicken Nugget on September 15, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    Whats the point of concept cars??

  35. FoxdenRacing on September 15, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    The other reason F1 cars are bigger now: the refueling ban. They have to carry so much more fuel than the old cars, and that meant extending the car to make room for the bigger tank.

  36. ferrari2k on September 15, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    You should have put a model of a "normal" car next to it, that you can see everywhere to put everything into perspective.
    Like a Ford Fiesta or VW Golf or something like that.

  37. Renan Muniz on September 15, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    Where did you buy the models?

  38. Akinaro on September 15, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    911 is normal car modified to be racing car, it was build as 2seat car with proper chassis.
    Racing car is made to race one guy…
    Simple as that.

  39. Nasty-looking Navi on September 15, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    Yeah not often you see cars from different classes alongside each other, except during a LeMans but that’s for a split second as LMP1 cars fly past the others.

  40. Mitzkal on September 15, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    Maybe my brain works on wheelbase…

  41. Edd AntoniS on September 15, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    This video only works for non car person. cause there is nothing suprising in this video. Actually F1 cars look smaller than it looks. 2018 and 2019 car was so wide and long.

  42. Jan Gerhards on September 15, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    Great video, but could have cleaned the models before the shoot. LOL

  43. vanpenguin22 on September 15, 2020 at 4:27 pm

    All thos time, I thought the 787B was longer and wider that a Cadillac from the 70’s.
    Crike

  44. Fabian Schau on September 15, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    Thx for the video i was always wondering why they apear bigger till i see it in real life. That was always the case with sportscars i saw in games and videos. Only seeing normal cars and rarly a sportscars does the same thing

  45. LtCol Pulaski on September 15, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    A lot of racing drivers are small too, not all, but many.

  46. Jorge on September 15, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    I want to buy those car toys

  47. Kryv Xde on September 15, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    dude the road car is just the prototype but in 4:3

  48. Bearded Tit on September 15, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    I always think LMP cars are huge until I see the mechanics crawling all over them. I’m thinking "these blokes are huge!"

  49. Alter Ego on September 15, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    Actually wheel base of F1 car is bigger than Mercedes S-klasse curennt model.Thats stuns me alot when iam firs time see a F1 car in real life. its pretty big one i should say!

  50. Ausländer Racing on September 15, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    When I was a lot younger I thought 90’s/00’s F1 cars and Indycars were absolutely massive because of this same type of illusion. I’d reference the size of the car based on the driver’s head, and since I didn’t know about seating position assumed it was a lot more like a normal car. My mind was blown when I learned that in those series the driver essentially lays down in the car lol

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