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Dynamics V. Horse Power.... Open to Discussion

Updated on November 23, 2013

As both power and weight are constantly on the move most enthusiasts find that the perfect combination of performance is lost. Either vehicle driving dynamics is lost in American cars or power is lost in most foreign cars. To date, although as incomparable and distant the two seem the BR-Z and Mustang V6 have become rivals. The more notable thing if you were to compare the two symbols is stacking the two as which is not more fun or fast but which is more comfortable as a daily? Because neither are what the average consumer thinks

As the U.S. fights for more MPG simultaneously with less emissions, we, as consumers lose sight in the technology that goes into transportation that we take for grant or extremely enthusiastic about. Variable valve timing, engine cut at stop, regenerative braking & half cylinders among others are all being fought by the Hybrid and Electric movement and we lose sight on the fact that pure driving experience is based on the most fundamental technologies of higher quality parts from the late 60's. Go electric or the track, we should not mix the two... or should we?

Traction control can be as simple as getting new tires for your decade plus old hand me down or to the fine tuning for accounting every speck of dust or debris from F1 race tracks but everything in the middle confuses most people. Traction Control systems are used in much all of the cars on the road today but what most people don't understand is how it works.

Using a limited slip differentials and/or sensors measuring wheel slippage to correct amount of power is appropriately transferred to either the wheels equally or differently based on turning and how much friction the tire has on the road. We do amazing things with this but every automotive engineer does it very differently, and in a chronological order with the price in which they can be built.

Two major examples or foreign cars power being contrasted to American cars to date is quite simple. Almost exactly 10 years ago Ferrari released the million dollar Enzo making 662 horse power, while the Mustang ’13 GT500 made 662 at roughly around one 19th the price. Now I know what you’re thinking it’s a Ferrari of course, but the amount of engineering being passed down is not in foreign v. Domestic but the price. Well equipped, a ’14 corvette stingray with its one of a kind Electronic Limited Slip Differential costs about a third and gets you 1.03 in cornering force Gravitational Force (G), while the Ferrari F430 (still on sale) only generates about .94 Gs.


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    • Pkittock profile image


      5 years ago from Minnesota

      So you're talking about how features/tech that were once exclusive to more expensive cars are now ending up in average consumer cars? If that's the case, one example I would recommend leaning on is the Mercedes S-Class. It's MB's most expensive executive sedan and has generally been the first car to have most of the features (especially regarding safety) that are standard on normal cars today. Check out Top Gear's clip about the S class on youtube for more specifics.

      With regards to sheer power output, the Shelby mustangs and Corvette Z06/ZR1 are definitely good examples of "cheap power" to contrast with Ferrari/Lamborghini/etc. As you said above though, you are generally getting a rougher product without the exotic materials that go into true exotics and lesser handling. Hope this helps!


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      David Charles 

      5 years ago from New York

      hey thanks for reading, i will re work this. I know its not clearly stated but the argument is the slow absorption of expensive parts and design to fit the means of the average consumer, please message back and help me make it better



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      5 years ago from Minnesota

      To be honest, I'm not quite sure what your argument is? The title makes me think you're going to debate the merits of American muscle cars that can't turn vs. lighter, nimbler European sports cars that don't have the straight-line speed. Then you briefly touch on efficiency tech, traction control and tires (which are not synonymous), and then you compare the Ferraris with the Mustang and Corvette (I'm not sure its clear what the point being made is- and the 430 was replaced by the 458 a few years ago), and then you've got a photo of some bike tires. Not trying to be harsh, but I would recommend trying to focus the article on something specific and then stick to it and make it more clear what your thesis is.


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