yup! can't agree more. the old addage there is no replacement for cubic
dollars sort of fits here too!
proper final drive ratios can make a rambler do wheel stands with a
asthmatic 6 cylinder. or take the same car and make it a fast (unsafe but
fast) top end car.
and power to weight ratios are just as importaint . lots of motor and a
light weight car makes a very responsive and exciting car to handle. and
too little motor in a giagundo road hog gives you a living room couch with
wheels to put about.
manufacturesr had specific gas consumption figures, along with performance
concepts in mind when developing these cars.
some may say we enhanced them. some may say we ruined them. but at this
point very few unscathed originals exist of our cars. personal taste, and
parts availability and ingenuity has resulted in a large populous of
the bottom line is enjoy what you have ! i do!
living large in a small car world.
----- Original Message -----
From Steven Fooshee <sfooshee at home.com>
Sent: Sunday, September 24, 2000 5:07 AM
Subject: Re: Magazines = facts?
> Mike Rambour wrote:
> > You can't go with engine size for speed, its very possible that a
> > smaller engine makes a car go faster than a bigger engine. You would
> > that is not the case but engine size is not everything. A friends 600cc
> > motorcycle is far faster than my 750cc in 0 to "fast enough to kill
> > yourself" speed but my 750 has more power left at the top end so it has
> > higher top speed.
> > Its all in engine design and gearing and power to weight ratios. Due
> > design, some engines rev quicker than others, thats all. And by the
> > its not harder for me to accept that a 1500cc is quicker than a 1275, I
> > just don't know I have never driven either one.
> > Mike
> > ~~~~~ I'd rather be sailing ~~~~~~~and \/ \/ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> > Mike Rambour .oooO Oooo.
> > Bug Writer er...Programmer ( ) ( )
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> Along with agreeing with Mr. Bug Writer (I just took a ride in a 1308cc
> car that runs about 5-5.2 to 60 mph :), I have to say I see no purpose
> whatsoever to this argument. It's like fighting over whose golf pants are
> ugliest. The entire LBC experience has nothing to do with straight line
> and I seriously doubt if there is a fast 1275, 1500, bored out or
> whatever on the entire planet.
> Can we enjoy these for what they are, which is a car that can go straight
> through a gate in the top of third gear that a Camaro has to brake and
> into 1st for?
> '87 RX-7 TII: 1/4 mile in 7.500 sec @ 120 mph
> '90 GS-500E: 1/4 mile in 8.182 sec @ 110 mph
> MCMLXIX Sprite: Rusted, rested, and ready. MotorToad rides again.
> University of West Florida
> Electrical Engineering.