• Nov 28, 2006

The Caribbean doesn't usually factor in to the F1 world. There's no race on any of the islands. There are, of course, no teams based there. And the closest they have to a home-grown driver is British-born Lewis Hamilton, whose father comes from the region. But Barbados got a taste of the action yesterday when Ferrari brought Schumacher's 248 to the island for a demonstration.

The event was a promotion for Shell, one of the Scuderia's biggest sponsors. Test driver Marc Gene drove the car down an impromptu track on a closed-off section of the island's Ronald Mapp Highway between two Shell stations, a circuit which Gene likened to Monaco.

Over twenty thousand spectators showed up for the event. But while they were screaming with excitement, Gene couldn't hear them over the wail of the engine as he rocketed to sixty in under a second, hitting a top speed of over 270 kph.

It's doubtful the event will prove a precursor to a future Caribbean Grand Prix, but just the same it's good to share the octane.

[Source: The Nation via Italiaspeed]



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      gkz
      • 8 Years Ago
      i didn't think f1 engines made enough torque for that kind of low speed acceleration; however, the real time probably isn't all that much higher. also, doubt they were running it at race-revs... prob limited somewhere in the 17-19k range
      • 8 Years Ago
      man I wish I was home......
      • 8 Years Ago
      You guys are idiots only reason why a formula 1 car is low 2 seconds is because of tire traction, if u put dragster slick on it it would do very low. Its not about the engine mostly, its about getting the power to the ground...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yeah, F1 cars don't go from 0-60mph in under a second. They're fast, but not that fast. They more like in the low 2s range
      • 8 Years Ago
      Under 1 sec? More like Top Fuel Dragster, not F1.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I would think that a F1 2.4L V8 would easily create more than 200lb-ft of torque, which is more than enough for something that weighs around 500kg.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #8: Does the diesel V-Power fuel used by the R-10s (and now available in Britain) not count as beneficial to the racing and consumer worlds?
      • 8 Years Ago
      0-60mph in less than a second?????
      They should race that car in the world championships then and not just save it for demonstrations!
      Jools
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yes, you're all right. The f1 car is circa 2 seconds to 100kph.

      #4, it's nothing to do with torque at that speed and ALL to do with traction. Stick 20 foot wide rears each side than they'd probably do sub 1 second.

      Either way shell are throwing so much money at advertising at the moment. If you've ever watched a press conference post race you might have caught MS thanking shell for bringing a "new kind of fuel to the race that improves performance". Utter bulls**t, just like the lightweight fuel of a few seasons ago.

      Marketing boys write that stuff, not the techs.