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