Where does come from?
Also popularly called race car, the racing car emoji hit the track back in 2014 as part of Unicode 7.0. Its appearance varies across platforms, as shown in the screenshot from Emojipedia below.
Most vendors, including Apple, Google, and Samsung, depict a race car similar to those found in Formula One racing. Twitter’s design suggests the type of auto used in NASCAR. Many platforms feature a red car, ever associated with that need for speed, though the emoji can also come in blue (WhatsApp) or yellow (Twitter).
As we see on many professional racing cars, Apple did a little product placement on their racing car emoji, displaying on its side the logo for Swift, their in-house programming language.
Who uses ?
The racing car emoji is most widely used for the sport of race-car driving, whether Formula One, NASCAR, or other motorcar racing.
Good first day in Spa-Francorchamps! #BelgianGP 🇧🇪
— MaxStats (@MaxStats_33) August 24, 2018
As race cars are high-performance and high-end, the racing car emoji also sees use for sports cars and other fancy autos.
HOW THE HONDA S2000 RIPPED UP THE RULEBOOK: The advanced roadster which redefined the sports car 🏎️ https://t.co/dal1nL9Qj5
— Vertu Honda (@Vertuhonda) July 11, 2018
Everyday sets of wheels, too, can take a ride in the racing car emoji.
Working on my low 🏎️🏁 pic.twitter.com/EQQFeMhpVn
— Sk8DawgChavii (@stephenchavez0) August 18, 2018
The racing car emoji is also used alongside the automobile emoji 🚗, along with other vehicle emoji, to signify various topics concerning cars and driving.
On the hunt for a new set of wheels? 🚗🚙🏎️
— Pepcom (@PepcomEvents) April 25, 2018
Racing stuffs our language with metaphors (e.g., crossing the finish line), and so we see the racing car emoji used alongside all sorts of expressions for cars and driving, especially concepts of speed.
Well, the #Mets are set at catcher until everyone gets back, Jose Lobaton triples to the LF corner in his 1st NY at-bat. Showing off the new wheels 🏎️
— Greg Tartaglia (@NJTags13) April 13, 2018
Blockchain fast. 🏎️ pic.twitter.com/mUwY7CyXc0
— Crypto Dragon 🔥 (@hodlDRGN) August 23, 2018
— Embark (@embarkwithus) August 20, 2018
The emoji is frequently paired with the chequered flag emoji 🏁, which is waved at the end of motorcar races.
— KT (@TKevinXVII) September 11, 2018