Yes... more weight means more momentum... but as Dan clearly states, he is
actually a little bit LIGHTER than stock setup. And how quickly you got up
to any particular speed has NOTHING to do with the braking power required to
bring it back down.
The force required to stop a car (or any moving object) is SOLELY due to its
mass and velocity ... and NOTHING to do with whatever particular force
caused the object to reach that velocity.
It's flat out wrong (from the laws of physics anyway) to view that simple
Newtonian equation any other way.
Dave Moag (not the best of the physics majors in college, but I learned that
> -----Original Message-----
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of Scott A. Roberts
> Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2001 9:37 PM
> To: Anthony Rhodes; Kai M. Radicke; Triumph List
> Subject: Re: TR3 V8 Conversion
> > Kai, Kai, Kai, what are you thinking? How does the true
> statement that "
> the quicker you [are]
> > able to accelerate the more force your car is carrying" have anything to
> do with STOPPING???
> > Stopping is stopping and going is going, and ne'er the twain shall meet.
> The only way you need
> > more stopping power simply due to more horsepower is if you leave it in
> gear and a foot on the gas
> > as you hit the brakes.
> If you're carrying a heavier engine, and you are able to get to a higher
> speed quicker, you now have the greater momentum to fight when
> braking. The
> car doesn't know what motor is there, but it physics knows its effect!
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