Top Ten F1 Car Nicknames

The famous Formula 1 just started successfully and the news machinery around the new season is covering every part of expert knowledge and updates one can think of. Surprisingly, a rather uncommon story on Sebastian Vettel’s car nicknames made a circuit: The multiple world champion revealed that he calls his new car in season 2014 “Suzie”.

The young German, who is known for celebrating his victories with an index-fingered salute, has gotten into the habit of giving his cars female names. Vettel’s ‘ladies’ have had names like Julie, Luscious Liz and Abbey but out of all of the nicknames, Kate’s Dirty Sister is certainly the most amusing.

It all started in 2009 when Vettel’s first RB5 chassis, which he had lovingly christened Kate, was involved in a major shunt at the first Grand Prix of the season. Ruined beyond repair, Sebastian was forced to replace Kate with an updated model, one that was a little bit different to her older sibling.

“My original car was called Kate.” Vettel confided after winning the Chinese Grand Prix. “But then it got smashed up in the opening race in Australia. So we called this one Kate’s Dirty Sister because it is more aggressive and faster.”

Hence, global car classifieds player Carmudi investigated into the more personal side of the racing sport and picked out the ten most outstanding car nicknames in motorsports history.

Car Model



Red Bull RB10 (Formula 1)



Vauxhall Ventora

Big Bertha


Cadillac “Spider”

Le Monstre


Porsche 935/2.0



Cadillac Coupe de Ville

Clumsy Pup


Alfa Romeo 6C34

Disco Volante


Ak Miller’s El Caballo de Hierro



Chaparral 2J

Vacuum Cleaner


Porsche 935/78

Moby Dick


Samuri Engineering Datsun 2407

Big Sam


Reuters motor racing Correspondent Alan Baldwin says, “Drivers tend to develop a relationship with their cars. A car is an extension of themselves. An out of body experience, I’d say. It’s quite normal for car drivers to give their cars names. They may not publicize it though“.

Even though Sebastian Vettel’s affinity for nicknames has made it to a running gag in the scene, the tradition of nicknames in motorsports dates back to the beginnings of the sport itself. However, some of them were worth recording for obvious reasons, whereas the origin of the name is often as irritating as it could be. The Spanish word for “salad”, for instance, served as a nick name for the famous Ford hot rod “El Caballo de Hierro” which competed in the “Carrera Panamerica Mexican” in 1953.

Stefan Haubold, Global Managing Director at Carmudi comments, “Cars can have quite an emotional value for their owners. And I can say that for I am in that business. These nicknames are quite a testimonial to how cars are treated. Not just as sheer objects, but rather companions.”

The second race of the 2014 season takes place in Malaysia on March 30 with the Bahrain GP a week later.

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