So…what exactly is World Endurance Championship (WEC) auto racing anyways? We’re glad you asked, because for many, the differences that separate three of the world’s most prominent types of racing may be blurry.
There are many shapes, sizes and speeds that make Formula One™, IndyCar and of course, FIA World Endurance Championship different. Each line of auto racing has something appealing for almost every walk of life. To better understand why the FIA World Endurance championship is so unique, we need to have a quick rundown of the other three big wigs in the industry.
Without a doubt, Formula One™ is one of the world’s most expensive, glamourous, demanding and innovative sports. The 2014 Formula One™ season consists of 19 races in 19 countries covering five continents.
F1™ cars are single-seat open wheel race cars constructed completely from carbon fiber. For 2014, all cars, by regulation, are powered by 1.6 litre turbocharged V-6 hybrid engines provided by Ferrari, Renault, or Mercedes-Benz.
Unlike NASCAR, which races mainly on ovals tracks, the Formula One™ calendar is made up of built road courses or even temporary street circuits –dangerous enough for you yet? Well, add in top speeds of 240 mph and you’ve got yourself a milkshake of danger.
Much like Formula One™, IndyCars are made completely of carbon fiber. But unlike Formula One™, IndyCar budgets are much lower. This is because F1™ teams have to redesign and build completely different cars each year. All IndyCar teams purchase their cars from Italy’s Dallara Automobili.
Where do they race? For the 2014 season there are 18 races around the United States and Canada. Each track is different from the next and consists of road courses, temporary street circuits and ovals.
Did you know? IndyCar is the fast form of auto racing in America!
FIA World Endurance Championship
Drum roll please! The FIA World Endurance Championship races have four different classes of race cars and here’s the kicker, the cars are on the same track at the same time! These cars vary from the advanced Le Mans prototypes to Corvettes and Porsches of the LMGTE classes.
Not to mention, the World Endurance Championship is a traveling series! The 2014 WEC season consists of eight races in Europe, Asia, North America and South America. Similar to Formula One™, WEC cars have reached speeds as high as 250mph, but do not go that fast the entire race due to twists and turns.
Fast Fact: The championship-winning Audi R18 has a manufacturer's claimed top speed of 205 mph.
What makes it special?
What makes World Endurance Championship auto racing so special is all in the title –endurance. Unlike most other forms of auto racing, endurance races last from six up to 24 hours, comparatively an F1™ race runs around two hours. In an endurance race, two or more drivers share each racecar and divide up the race into 40-minute shifts called stints.
You Can Be There LIVE!
That’s right ladies and gents, you can attend FIA World Endurance Championship LIVE! But you may be wondering when and how? On Sept, 20, 2014 the World Endurance Championship in conjunction with the debut of the ISMA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship will host a Texas-sized celebration of SportsCar racing and live music at Circuit of The Americas™ in Austin, Texas.
Through Circuit of The Americas Experiences you can be a part of the ultimate racing weekend, complete with a dual ticket to access the world famous Paddock Building, amazing views, VIP experiences, racing legend meet-and-greets with Townsend Bell, arranged ground transportation and hotel accommodations. So what are you waiting for? Your bags aren’t going to pack themselves for this one-of-a-kind racing experience!