How Much Does an F1 Car Weigh and How Long Is It in 2024?


Perhaps you’ve wondered how much does an F1 car weigh after seeing the newer, bigger, and meaner racing machines here to astound us during the 2022 season.

You’ve guessed it: They’ve indeed added some winter weight for a total minimum of 798 kg!

But why are all these changes made, and how much do individual components weigh? 

Find out below!

How Heavy Are F1 Cars?

photo source: autosport – the generic design of the 2022 Formula 1 car

The 2022 F1 cars are the heaviest they have ever been, resulting from the constant addition of security features with the goal of making the sport safer and more exciting.

For instance, the F1 halo added 9 kg to the overall car weight (initially 7 kg) after it was implemented due to Jules Bianchi’s horrific crash at the 2014 Suzuka race.

However, despite its initial controversy, the halo has saved and will save numerous lives.

The F1 car weight for 2022 must be at least 798 kg (per FIA regulations), which is an increase of 46 kg from the previous season, and it all comes down to the new technical rules set to facilitate better racing through ground effect and weightier 18-inch tyres.

Since every team wants to have lighter cars for maximum performance, most of them are close to this limit; therefore, we can comfortably say F1 cars are only slightly overweight to about 800 kg. Still less than your average road car—1,200 kg in a smaller package!

Note: The total weight must include 80 kg of ‘seat weight’, which consists of the driver and his equipment, and the car must be fitted with a dry-weather tyre set and emptied of fuel. Cars that fail the weighbridge test will receive a harsh penalty.

Also read: How long is a Formula 1 race?

How Much Do F1 Parts Weigh?

So how much does each component contribute towards the total weight of an F1 car?

The following list includes the individual mass of several major parts listed from lightest to heaviest and whether or not they have any weight requirement:

Steering wheelAround 1.3 kg
HaloExactly 9 kg
Front wingAround 10 kg
Set of tiresAround 21 kg
GearboxAround 40 kg
ChassisAround 100 kg but has no set weight
Power unitMinimum of 150 kg

The table and the FIA regulations do not include the total fuel load of 110 kg, which means that a car with a full tank will weigh at least 908 kg at the start of a Grand Prix.

If you want to learn just how much all of the above components cost, head on to our thorough guide breaking down the price of a modern F1 car.

Also read: Who is the greatest F1 driver?

F1 Car Weight Over the Years

Older fans remember that F1 cars were much leaner and lighter in previous seasons, albeit at the expense of safety. The following list shows their weight evolution over the years:

YearWeightSignificant Changes
1950–1960No limitNot applicable
1961–1965450 kgFirst weight limit regulations
1966–1969500 kgMid-engine car used
1970530 kg3L V8 double four valve engine used
1972550 kgAdded: fuel tank safety foam, magnesium sheeting, headrest, rear lights, and more
1973–1981575 kgSafety bladder fuel cell tanks and crushable structure around them made mandatory
1982580 kgSkirts and ride height legalized
1983–1986540 kgGround effect and 4W-drive banned
1987–1990500 kgSurvival cell and fuel cell made mandatory
1991–1993505 kgChanges to the rollbar, fuel tanks, seat belts, and survival cells
1994515 kgCertain headrest changes
1995495 kgReduction in engine capacity and introduction of inch safety straps
1996–2002600 kgAccident data recorder, wheel tethers, V10 engines, and traction control added
2003-08605 kgHANS device made mandatory
2009605 kgIntroduction of KERS
2010620 kgRefuelling was banned
2011–12640 kgKERS is reintroduced
2013642 kgModesty panels added
2014690 kgHybrid V6 engines introduced
2015–16702 kgRedesign of the nose
2017728kgWider car and wheels width, larger barge boards, and shark fins brought back
2018733 kgIntroduction of the halo device
2019740 kgSeat weight allowance for drivers
2020746 kgAdded a second fuel flow meter
2021752 kgHeavier standard parts
2022798 kgNew design focusing on ground effect with a bigger power unit, front wing, wheels, and wheel caps

With the increase in weight, F1 engineers also had to design more powerful engines to maintain the same blistering speeds, a topic covered in depth in our F1 car horsepower guide.

Also read: Formula 1 facts and statistics

How Long Is an F1 Car

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What about the length of a Formula 1 car then? How did its size change along with its weight?

Similar to their weight increase, the physical dimensions of F1 cars have also grown over the years, from a length of about 3.6 meters in the 1960s to around 5.5 meters in 2022.

The Formula 1 car length even reached 5.7 meters in 2021, a record held by that year’s Mercedes design, which decreased due to the new aerodynamic regulations.

Note: While F1 regulations state that cars cannot be wider than 200 cm and taller than 95 cm, there are no such rules about length. However, since F1 rules restrict the size of other car components, the difference between the shortest and the longest car is around 20 cm.

Bottom Line

Driven by innovations and system changes to improve the sport’s safety, the Formula 1 car weight has been rising steadily since its inception.

From the flimsy 400kg tin cans of the 1950s, we have moved on to the curvy yet speedy F1 machines of the 2020s that weigh double that without a drop of fuel in them. In all likelihood, we are never going back!


How much does the average F1 driver weigh?

While the average weight across all 20 drivers on the grid is 68 kg, the car’s total weight must include a minimum seat weight of 80 kg (which includes the F1 driver); therefore, lighter drivers use ballasts to make up the difference.

Are all F1 cars the same length?

Since the FIA does not impose strict requirements regarding the car length, the models of different constructors may vary slightly. While the Red Bull, McLaren, and Williams cars are the shortest at 5.4 meters, the Alpine is the longest at 5.62 meters.

Why are F1 cars getting bigger?

Formula 1 cars are consistently increasing in size and weight due to the evolving safety regulations that include various features like the halo and the HANS device; moreover, larger cars can withstand significantly worse impacts.

How much does an F1 car weigh with a full tank?

Since the average weight of F1 cars is around 800 kg and a full tank comes up to 110 kg, these racing machines often start a race weighing approximately 910 kg.

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