I have to say "I told you so" to those that didn't agree with me when I
said Chevy was going to hit a horsepower wall with the current engine
block used by the Corvettes. IMO, with the last Z06, they had got just
about all the N/A horsepower they could from displacement increases and
they would need a new block or go with forced induction to get much
more. Looks like they have gone the blower route. Now what are all
those Chevy guys going to say that trashed the Cobra for needing a
blower to make power? LOL!
With the CAFE standards we might be seeing the beginning of the end for
all these super performance cars from the Big Three. I read an article
yesterday where a Chevy rep said if the new CAFE standards had come any
earlier the ZR1 in its current form would probably have never been given
the green light. IMO, I don't think we will see an AWD Corvette or
Mustang for quite a while, if ever. My guess is the cost to redesign
the cars for AWD would e prohibitive.
I can't see these horsepower wars going much further. The number of
cars they can sell with that level of power is very few. If we get a
Democratic President and Congress I expect many of these cars to be
legislated out of existence. They will use the hype of global warming
to run all kinds of things up our collective asses. I can smell the
beginning of the end for hyper performance cars.
What is the point of a hyper performance car? More than 90mph in most states
will get major attention from the law. Is it just to look at? Why not
something you can run through it's paces without breaking the speed of
If we analyze what we "need" for transportation then almost every car we
drive is overkill for the task. It is having the performance available
that matters, not how often we can use it. it is human nature to want
more than we need. Another good example is our computers. Most of us
could still get by with an original Pentium and AMD K7 processor but
having something faster than we need is just irresistible. You would
also be surprised how often you can enjoy an excess of horsepower, and
especially torque, in day to day driving.
It's not so much the speed, but how quickly you reach it. :)
AFAIK, there's no law that limits how fast you can accelerate, provided
that you do not cause danger to other traffic or pedestrians etc.
In many places it's illegal to do burnouts however...
What was the documented reason for the ticket?
The vehicle must be under the driver's full control, meaning no
drifting, or loss of tire grip. Simple tire spin while going straight
has been enough to warrant a ticket, since the tire was no longer in
constant contact with the pavement and thus not under teh driver's
With no wheelspin, the remaining 'valid' reason would be general
endangering of other traffic. That's kind of hard to beat, and cops back
home liked to use that a lot. If you can prove there was no other
Anyway, the laws and their interpretations vary.
I only play a lawyer on TV...
A person commits the offense of speed racing on a highway if, on a highway
or other premises open to the public in this state, the person drives a
vehicle or participates in any manner in, or organizes or aids in
organizing, any of the following in which a vehicle is involved:
(a) A speed competition or contest.
(b) An acceleration contest.
(c) A test of physical endurance.
(d) An exhibition of speed or acceleration.
(e) The making of a speed record.
(f) A race. For purposes of this paragraph, racing is the use of one or more
vehicles in an attempt to outgain, outdistance or prevent another vehicle
from passing, to arrive at a given destination ahead of another vehicle or
vehicles or to test the physical stamina or endurance of drivers over long
distance driving routes.
(g) A drag race. For purposes of this paragraph, drag racing is the
operation of two or more vehicles from a point side by side at accelerating
speeds in a competitive attempt to outdistance each other, or the operation
of one or more vehicles over a common selected course, from the same point
to the same point for the purpose of comparing the relative speeds or power
of acceleration of the vehicle or vehicles within a certain distance or time
(2) The offense described in this section, speed racing on a highway, is a
Class A traffic violation, unless the person drives a vehicle in committing
the offense. If the person drives a vehicle in committing the offense, the
offense is a Class A misdemeanor.
"Exhibition of speed" shall mean a willful act of showing off or displaying
a dangerous or imprudent speed in a vehicle on a highway where the presence
of another person is known to the driver or may be reasonably anticipated by
the driver. In order to constitute an exhibition of speed under this
chapter, there must be at least two spectators present at the event.
The fun factor is definitely a plus. But there are many times when not
having quick acceleration is limiting or dangerous -- sometimes it's
just needed. And you can always make a fast car go slow, but you can't
make a slow car go fast.
Any car is capable of exceeding the speed limit, really, what is your point?
You really need to think out side the box...
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