How fat is your car?
Posted: 20 May 2010
There is more that we could do, but Stig waits for no man. We decide to forego removing the door speakers, dash switches and grab handles because, well, that way madness lies: where do you stop? Saving two grams by removing a two gram screw from the seatbelt catch? Stig is impatient, and time is of the essence. With a plate of jam-slathered offal, we coax him, and the 207, onto the scales. Factoring out the weight of the white-suited one - like Bruce Forsyth's real age and the Queen's bra size, the kerbweight of our racing driver is subject to the International Secrets Act - the 207 tips the scales at 1,149kg. We've saved 124kg, almost exactly 10 per cent of the 207's kerbweight. That's a significant amount. Were it not for the sport's stringent weight regulations, F1 teams would kill - actually, physically kill human beings - for a 10 per cent weight reduction.