9.63s – a numbers game
The watching world stood still for the 9.63 seconds it took Usain Bolt to win the men’s 100-metre final at the 2012 London Olympics.
Bolt’s was a supreme sporting achievement: an athlete at the effortless peak of his abilities setting the stadium alight with the second-fastest time ever recorded (he also holds the top spot), and the glittering highlight of a fortnight of incredible sporting endeavour.
Without taking anything away from Usain, we thought it would be fun to put his feat into perspective – F1-style.
So, in just 9.63s, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes can achieve the following:
Number of full race simulations carried out in 9.63 seconds by James and his strategy team ahead of each grand prix.
Metres travelled at maximum velocity along Monza’s start/finish straight.
Metres we’d theoretically cover in 9.63s if we maintained a 250-150km/h linear deceleration.
Speed in km/h we’d theoretically reach in 9.63s if we maintained a 0-100km/h linear acceleration.
Heartbeats measured around 9.63 seconds of an average lap of the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.