I Feel The Need For Speed

by Rex Simpleton

Given money to spend and a world of options when selecting a car, every car enthusiast goes for one option-getting a sports car. In the world of sports cars, however, there stands the basic criteria of speed, speed, speed, and, well, speed.

You talk about fast, lets look at some of the faster speeds that have been clocked. The 1994 Dauer 962 LeMans went from 0 to 60 in 2.6 seconds. The Ferrari can go from 0 to 60 in about the 3.5 seconds. And then there is the Chevy Corvette, which has been clocked at 2.9 seconds from 0 – 60. That is flat out fast!

So, what exactly makes up a fast car?

For starters, it is going to be the appearance of the car. I know, we all normally get all goo-goo eyed as the candy red color, and the cool looking shapes, but all of that goes into making the car fast. The shapes of the cars are designed specifically foe aerodynamics. And, it is this special shape that causes two things to happen: The car drives much faster since there is not as much wind restriction going on, and the price of the car goes up.

Once of the other reasons sports cars can go fast is their weight. Many sports cars will cut certain areas out of the vehicles to eliminate weight. Take just a few examples I am sure you are aware of: smaler truncks (if any), smaller back seats (if any), and a very tight fit when inside the vehicle. All of these reductions in the areas of the car help to remove the weight of the car and make the car go faster.

A last consideration in speed, however, is its general dynamics which include handling and drag when driving. A sports car has very little value if it cannot sustain its straight-line speeds when driving in tight curbs and ends up crushed after it hit a dead end. It is for this precise reason that even the fastest sports cars are usually rear-wheel driven rather than front-wheel driven, because of the fact that the rear-wheel drive provides greater traction and allows for the weight to be distributed evenly as the car makes a turn.

While there’s more to a sports car than just speed, it also doesn’t hurt that your sports car is fast. After all, the 1994 Dauer 962 LeMans is prized precisely because it rises above the speeds of every other fast sports car.

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