Ever since the first person got smoked by a cheetah on the veldt, humans have fantasized about going faster. But speed isn’t just a simple matter of mashing down the gas pedal harder: A ton of factors go into making fast cars fast.

In this latest in the Accelerated Ideas video series, presented by Lexus, Supercars of London vlogger Paul Wallace offers a rapid-fire, 50-second primer on the physics of speed, including horsepower, drag, mass, and traction.

This post is a sponsored collaboration between Lexus and Studio@Gawker.