Factual error: Champ Cars run on Methanol which 1) burns with an invisible flame and 2) is extinguished by water. Therefore the car in the lake crash sequence would not burn or explode like that.
Continuity mistake: When Memo crashes into the lake the fuel leaks out and the car explodes. Naturally the explosion would have done some massive damage to the car. It then goes to an aerial view of the accident in the next shot and the car is in the same condition it was before it exploded. Then the next scene shows Joe in the garage looking at the wreckage, and the car is blackened and mangled.
Continuity mistake: When Jimmy Bly is in the bar and watches Sophie cross the dance floor, she is wearing a white top that is very low cut and open, showing lots of skin. But, as he talks to her at the bar, she is wearing a black top that covers way too much at the neck, for it to have been under the very low cut white top she was wearing earlier, that she is now holding in her hand. The black top would have been visible, had she really worn it underneath the white top.
Continuity mistake: In the final crash scene in the last race the black number six car goes over the wall and loses his right front wheel. Then in the pits you see the same black number six car drive down the pit lane with all four tyres on.
Continuity mistake: In the final race you see the Pioneer Worldcom car get hit 3 times in 2 crashes (it was totaled twice). Not only do they use it after the first crash, you see it in the pits when they make the final pit stop. Pioneer Worldcom only has ONE car in the field. The helmet of the driver didn't even change.
Factual error: At the very end of the final race, Bly is racing Brandenburg. When Joe's car starts to spin, it switches to Bly experiencing "tunnel vision" and you can clearly see him make a right hand turn. Then when Bly and Brandenburg pass the finish line, Joe spins across the line after them. It's not very possible that a spinning car (out of control) can make a turn.
Factual error: The weather forecast that is shown prior to the race in Germany is supposed to be on German TV, yet they show the temperature in "Celsius" as well as in "Fahrenheit". In Germany there is no "Fahrenheit" in the weather forecasts.
Continuity mistake: In Japan, when Sophie is swimming, doing her first underwater flip, you see a Nike swoop right above her left breast. Then for the rest of the swim scene it is gone.
Continuity mistake: When Memo has his wreck, it is absolutely ridiculous to think that it would take the rescue team that long to get to the accident. Joe runs all the way from the pit paddock and arrives at the same time as the rescue workers. Furthermore, the methanol fuel is contained in a fuel cell which would not leak as the movie shows. It is impossible for a methanol fueled car to explode like that.
Continuity mistake: When the two drivers jump into the prototypes, they don't put on their seatbelts (which are 5 point straps). When racing through the streets you can see that they both have their seatbelts on. Going 200 mph through the streets of Chicago, you would not have the time or the control to fasten a 5 point seatbelt.
Continuity mistake: When Memo is in the hospital after his accident he is getting oxygen through a nasal canulla. If you look closely you'll see it's upside down. The tab should be facing down not up.
Continuity mistake: When they leave the press conference in Toronto, Sophie is wearing a spaghetti strap sun dress just before she gets into the car and they drive away. Yet in the car she is wearing white pants and a blouse.
Factual error: In Germany we see an ambulance that says that the emergency phone number were 122, but in Germany its 112.
Factual error: Before the race in Germany, there is a weather broadcast on TV where it explains how rainy it's going to be during the race. All the country names are in English, but since the broadcast is supposed to be German, Germany should be "Deutschland", France "Frankreich" and Austria "Osterreich".
Continuity mistake: When "The Vistion Car" spins going into turn 3 at Toronto on the first lap it shows him sliding sideways into the black tyre barrier which has a large cement wall behind it. The next shot is him going nose first into a red-and-white tyre barrier with a nice big gravel run-off area behind the tires. No more concrete. When he hits the tires there is a small fireball, which would never happen if a CART car were to hit head on like that. (00:33:58)
Factual error: After the huge first lap crash involving "The Vistion Car" the CART Safety Team is seen rushing to the crash. They are not only going against track direction (which is allowed only to get them there faster) but they are going through turns 11 and 10. It would have been much faster had they followed track direction because the way they were going they we going to cover about 2/3 of the track to get to the crash. (00:34:10)
Factual error: The movie says that Jimmy Bly is the champion at the end. - wrong. Brandenburg went in to the final race with a 4 point lead. He led the most laps (4 1) = 5 point lead Bly won, Brandenburg second (20-16 = 4) 5-4 = Beau Brandenburg is the winner by one point. In CART you get an extra point for leading the most laps.
Factual error: Gravel traps, grass, and trees are in the background at the Toronto track when Joe is doing his "Coin Bit". Toronto is a temporary street course with nothing but tyre and cement walls to hit. (00:19:21)