Many people know the cheetah for being the fastest land animal on the planet.
Not only can the cheetah run faster than any other animal, but its acceleration and prolonged ability to run at high speeds is unmatched.
If you are trying to determine how far a cheetah can run over a certain amount of time, you need to consider 2 metrics.
Speed and distance.
Let’s look into this a bit further.
Cheetah running speed
The cheetah is a very large African cat that is mostly found in Africa but can also be seen in parts of Iran.
As mentioned, the cheetah is the fastest land animal in the world and can reach speeds between 50-80 miles per hour (MPH) or 80-128 kilometers per hour (KPH).
The cheetah can reach an average speed of 60 MPH in seconds and uses this speed to hunt down its prey.
A cheetah can also accelerate to this 60 MPH speed in 3 seconds making its acceleration rate faster than most vehicles.
How Far Can A Cheetah Run In 1 Minute?
To figure out how far a cheetah can run in 1 minute, you will need to reference its average running speed as not all cheetahs will be the same and its running speed will not be uniform throughout the 1 minute time.
Although a cheetah can reach its maximum speed of 80 MPH, this speed is only sustainable for a few hundred meters which is less than 30 seconds.
Maintaining its top speed for a full 1 minute is not possible.
If a cheetah could run 60 MPH on average over 1 full minute it would cover a distance of 1 mile.
This is equal to 26.8 meters per second and therefore over 1 minute, the cheetah will cover 1608 meters.
When chasing prey, a cheetah will not need to run this far and will normally catch anything it is chasing within the first 30 seconds.
Most times it will catch its prey within seconds and only need to cover a few hundred meters.
Also, if a cheetah is chasing prey, it will not be going in a straight line for a prolonged period of time at a high speed so it will not cover such a long distance.
How far can a cheetah run before it has to rest?
The cheetah will use up a lot of its energy in the first few seconds as it accelerates to its top speed.
The longer that the cheetah runs, the slower it will get and the less distance will be covered.
When a cheetah needs to rest will vary on a number of factors including the weather conditions, the health of the cheetah, type of land it is running on are just a few.
Although the cheetah is very good at managing its energy levels, any prolonged period of running at top speed will require rest.
Usually, a cheetah will have to rest after sprinting to its top speed which is about 300-400 meters.
How fast can a human run compared to a cheetah?
Comparing the running speed of a cheetah with a human is like comparing apples to oranges.
The cheetah has the advantage in terms of overall running speed, acceleration, and distance covered over time.
The fastest speed ever run by a human is 27.5 MPH which was in 2009 by Usain Bolt who is an Olympic sprinter.
An average human can run around 8 MPH and the top speed of a cheetah is 80 MPH.
Therefore the cheetah is 10x faster than a human.
Can a cheetah run faster than a lion?
Yes, a cheetah can run faster than a lion.
The lion is the second-fastest running animal behind the cheetah and can reach a top speed of 50 MPH.
Similar to the cheetah, the lion can only sustain its top speed for short periods of time.
The top speed of a cheetah is 80 MPH which is 30 MPH faster than a lion.
Can a cheetah run faster than a car?
Depending on the type of car, it’s possible for a cheetah to run faster than a car.
But most cars will be faster than the cheetah in terms of top speed.
Where the cheetah has the advantage is in acceleration.
A cheetah can accelerate to 60 MPH in around 3 seconds.
This is faster than the Porsche 911 Target 4 which has a 0-60 MPH acceleration time of 4 seconds.