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#21 of 22 hp / weight
Oct 21, 2006 (6:47 pm)
While I agree that having higher hp / weight ratio is more ideal.. I think one has to also consider that hp / weight is not static, meaning that when most quote hp/weight, they are really stating the *peak* hp/weight ratio.
As an extreme example, try putting an F1 engine in a Hummer.. yes, the (peak) hp/weight fiqure will improve a great deal, but I bet it'll actually be slower in most cases! We can talk about the subject of torque, but we can omit the term "torque" entirely to simplify things and simply speak of HP, but now include RPMs.
So to truely determine the potential performance from hp/weight figures, we need to also consider hp/weight across all RPMs. But if we were to settle on "single" figure that's indicative of such across the board performance, perhaps *average* HP / weight would be it. Popular Hotrodding magazine for exmaple, scores participants' engines based on average HP in their annual EngineMasters contest.
Going back to the F1 example, it reminds me of a Motortrend article I read a few years ago where the author had his first experience driving an Forumla car. He stated that it was like learning how to drive a manual tranny all over again.. because clutching in at 4000+ rpms, still stalls the car!! Although I guess that's to be expected because that was close to where his car idled. I've read of more recent cars idling even higher..
Another example is Edmunds' own review of the Subie WRX wagon with automatic tranny: http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Drives/Followup/articleId=48462
Accelerating right off idle resulted in 0-60 of 8.7 seconds. Brake launching at 3000 rpms, spooling the turbos up results in a 0-60 of 6.7 seconds. I should say though that the performance of turbocharged cars are even harder to model because not only does HP vary by RPM, but there is a transient effect varying HP at the same point of waiting for the turbos to spool up, if not already.
Another in similar vien was a C&D comparison of various cars. The S2000 faired significantly worse doing 5-60 (high 8's) than 0-60 (slipping the clutch in at nearly 5000 rpm; 6.1 if I recall). And again, I think we can predict or model these outcomes if we look at power delivery instead of only peak output.
#22 of 22 Re: Horsepower to Weight Ratio [subygt]
Oct 24, 2006 (3:56 pm)
I am missing something here Subygt?????????
You compare these cars to a 2007.
It is 2006 and they are selling 2007 Corvettes!
I agree that the weight to horsepower ratio does mean something but why are you talking about ancient history??? But your comparisons are meaningless. Why don't you compare a 2007 Porsche to a 1958 Corvette? That would be a real valid comparison wouldn't it!
The 2007 Corvette coupes and convertibles and the 2007 ZO6 are all street legal cars that are great sports cars!
It is pretty obvious that you don't own any of the 3!