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Puzzles: Is it faster than a Formula 1 car?

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The yearly budget of a top F1 team, such as Ferrari is typically $470 million (£358.23 million), as against a top Indy Car team, which has a yearly budget of just $15 million (£11.43 million). That’s a multiplier of 31.33. The cost of an F1 car itself is $125 million (£95.30 million)

They're one of the fastest cars on Earth, but is a Formula 1 car faster than a bird, a helicopter or a train? 

Take our quiz and find out.

1. Peregrine falcons
Colombian Formula 1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya set the all-time record for the fastest speed during an F1 race in 2005 when he reached 231.5 mph. But which is faster, the peregrine falcon (the UK's fastest bird) or a Formula 1 car.

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Correct answer:

Spoiler

Peregrine falcons
Peregrine falcons are the fastest animal on Earth, and can fly incredibly fast when hunting their prey. Most can reach speeds of around 180-200 mph, but one bird called Frightful holds the record for the fastest dive ever recorded, at a whopping 242 mph! Hold on to your feathers!

2. Rollercoasters
They're fast, fun and full of surprises, but are rollercoasters faster than a Formula 1 car?

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Correct answer:

Spoiler

Formula 1 car (231.5 mph)
The fastest rollercoaster in the world is the Formula Rossa in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. It's a Formula 1 inspired rollercoaster which reaches speeds of 149 mph in 4 seconds!

3. Badminton
This fast-paced racket sport requires speed, strength and stamina to gain the upper-hand. But is a badminton smash shot faster than a Formula 1 car?
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Correct answer:

Spoiler

Badminton smash (259 mph)
The fastest badminton hit during a competition was by Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia. He smashed a 259 mph shot during the Japan Open tournament in 2017.

4. Trains
You might catch one of these to visit your friends or family, but could a UK train beat a Formula 1 car?

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Correct answer:

Spoiler

Formula 1 car (231.5 mph)
The average speed for passenger trains in the UK is around 60 mph, however they can go at around 125 mph on the main lines. The maximum speed limit for commercial trains in the UK is 186 mph - but this speed is only reached by the Eurostar trains.

5. Football kick
It's one of the most famous sports in the world, but is it possible that a footballer can kick faster than an F1 car?

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Correct answer:

Spoiler

Formula 1 car (231.5 mph)
The official record for the fastest shot by a footballer during a Premier League game was by David Hirst in 1996 and was a whopping 114 mph! Blink and you'll miss it!

6. Helicopter
The world's fastest helicopter has recently won an Engineering Heritage Award, but is it faster than a Formula 1 car?

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Correct answer:

Spoiler

Helicopter (249 mph)
The helicopter speed record was set in 1986 by British pilot John Trevor Eggington and co-pilot Derek J Clews. They managed to fly a Westland Lynx helicopter at 249 mph over Glastonbury in England. Most helicopters these days have a top speed of around 180 mph.

7. skydiver 
In 2012 Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner jumped from a balloon at the edge of the Earth's atmosphere. Do you think he fell faster than a Formula 1 car? 

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Correct answer:

Spoiler

Felix Baumgartner (833.9 mph)
Felix Baumgartner became the first skydiver to go faster than the speed of sound, reaching a maximum speed of 833.9 mph when he jumped down to Earth! Astronomical!

8. Lamborghini Centenario
The Centenario was made to commemorate the 100th anniversary of founder Ferruccio Lamborghini’s birth.
Do you think Lamborghini Centenario faster than a Formula 1 car?

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Correct answer:

Spoiler

Formula 1 car (231.5 mph) 
Lamborghini Centenario top speed is only 186 mph

9. Drag Racing
Tony Schumacher breaks the NHRA Top Fuel speed record
Tony Schumacher went faster than any other in - The National Hot Rod Association (fuel dragsters) but was he faster than a Formula 1 car?

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Correct answer:

Spoiler

Tony Schumacher (336.57 mph)
Schumacher had a 336.57 mph run at 3.667 seconds in his second pass after opening with a 3.649 at 334.65.

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