Single-seater racing is one of the categories of auto racing. Auto racing started nearly at once after the first successful gas-fuelled autos were constructed. The first auto-racing competition was initialized in 1894 by
The first auto racing contest in the
Single-seater racing (also known as open-wheel racing) is likely the most recognized class of motorsport, with cars planned particularly for high-speed racing. The peculiarity of single-seater racing is that the cars? wheels are uncovered, and the cars frequently have front and rear aerofoil wings to generate down the force and boost adhesion to the racing track.
Single-seater events are held on particularly designed street circuits or bounded circuits closed for the races. Most single-seater events in
Formula One World Championships is by far the best-known class of single-seater racing, which comprises yearly championships that involve major international engine and car manufacturers in a continuing bout of driver skill and technology. Formula One racing is, by any estimation, the world's most expensive sport, with a number of teams spending over US $200 million dollars per year. Formula One is generally believed to be the summit of motor sports, and it is undeniable that a seat in F1 car can be considered as the peak of racing career of any driver.
Other single-seater racing classes are GP2 (previously known as Formula 3000 or Formula Two), Formula Three, Formula Nissan (otherwise known as the Telefonica World Series), Formula Nippon, and Formula Atlantic, A1 Grand Prix, Indy Racing League.
There is also other category of single-seater racing, called kart racing, which uses small, low-cost machines on small racing tracks. Many of today's most successful drivers began their careers with kart racing.
Single-seater cars (a.k.a. open wheel cars) are more often than not purpose-built racing cars, with the wheels allocated outside the main body of the car.
A typical open-wheel car has the smallest cockpit possible, merely enough to enclose the body of a driver, whose head is exposed to the air. In right-now cars, the engine is positioned behind the driver's body. Depending on a particular class? rules, various types of open-wheel cars feature wings at the rear and front of the vehicle. Additionally to a virtual flat and very low under-tray wings facilitate achieving supplementary aerodynamic down force by pushing the vehicle on to the track.
Open-wheel cars, owing to their aerodynamic capabilities, powerful engines, and light weight are generally considered the most exciting and fastest to drive racing cars available. Most single-seater races are held on dedicated race tracks with some held on temporary street circuits.