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Motor sports

Powerboats racing, 2011Powerboats racing, 2011 Motor sports are competitive sports that use powered vehicles such as cars, motorcycles or powerboats. The main car events are circuit races such as Formula One, IndyCar and Le Mans. There have been motor sports almost since the invention of the car, with the first motor races, which later became known as Grand Prix races, held in 1896. Major championships for other vehicles include the F1 Powerboat World Championship and the Road Racing Grand Prix for motorbikes.

Formula One

Mercedes Formula 1 racing carMercedes Formula 1 racing carFormula One (F1) is a season of races that has been run since 1950. The fastest single-seater racing cars in the world compete on circuits or closed-off public roads. The sport is controlled by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), and over the years many different rules have been set for the features of engines and chassis both to make the race safe and to keep the races competitive. For example, from 2014 the engines must be turbocharged 1.6-litre V6s, limited to run at no more than 15,000 revolutions per minute. The cars are light, strong and as streamlined as jet fighters.

The term Grand Prix, meaning "great prize", was first used for a horse race in Paris in 1863.  

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