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Define a quick car

Discussion in 'General car Chat' started by obi_waynne, 24 May 2011.

  1. obi_waynne

    obi_waynne Administrator Staff Member Moderator

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    What do you consider to make a car quick?

    Is it the 0-60 time if so what do you expect a quick car to make.

    What about the power to weight ratio, again what do you think this should be?

    Obviously a Lamborghini is quick (read stupidly fast instead of quick there) but thinking about real world cars that we are likely to own what feels slow and what feel quick to you?

    Does the baseline depend on what you currently drive?

    For me I think any car that does 0-60 in 8 seconds is suitably quick, anything slower than 9 or 10 seconds feels pretty slow.
     
  2. stamford

    stamford Torque Junkie

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    I'm sure this thread will be alight with various responses as to how each individual sees this. For me a quick car is one that takes your breath away everytime you are in it. It could be raw power or something small, light and quick off the mark. Power to weight or bhp/ton do also come into play, but on a personal note the noise it makes it a key ingredient.

    As for baseline, yes I will go by what I am accustomed to and use that as my benchmark. I wouldn't call my MG particularly quick but with a 0-60 time of approximately 6.5 seconds I'm happy.

    For me a quick car would be sub 5 seconds. But as the old saying goes 'speed is nothing without control'. ;)
     
  3. T9 man

    T9 man TC Founder Moderator

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    This thread will prove to be a real argument developer :D

    For me, any car that can do 0-60 in less than 5 seconds or should that be 0-62? someone will correct me very shortly no doubt :) and then a top speed of 180mph plus.
     
  4. stamford

    stamford Torque Junkie

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    What would yours do T9?
     
  5. turbonutter69

    turbonutter69 TC Pro Founder Moderator

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    Your right T9 Waynne has dropped the ball. You would normally show a 0-62 mph or 100 kph time.;)

    For me it's how much it pins you in the seat when you give it the beans.
     
  6. T9 man

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    I have a 5.6 seconds recorded with the old engine and setup Stamford and I was duly chuffed to pieces with that :)
    I comfortably expect to be below 5 seconds now, but by how much is anybody's guess! If I can get 4.5secs or less I will be absolutely delighted, but I have no proper traction control, so not sure what will happen if and when I give it the full beans :sad2:
     
  7. old-git

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    I'm with Waynne here. We still use MPH and miles in the UK, so 0-60 it still is for me :) However, if the overseas members prefer 0-100KPH that is their perogative.

    All acceleration competitions in the UK and USA use 0-60 (AFAIAA).

    As stated elsewhere, the definition of quick comes down to personal experience. A quick car for me has to be less than 6. A very quick car less than 5. A seriously quick car less than 4. I'm looking for less than 3 :) :)
     
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  8. turbonutter69

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    Get with the times OG.
    0-62 is easier imo then you can compare against the 0-100kph people.
     
  9. bigbadjoe

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    MINE

    LOL

    0-60 Under 4 seconds :amuse:
     
  10. stamford

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    Well that didn't take too long did it! :lol: Trust you!
     
  11. old-git

    old-git Moderator

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    Agreed, but I have been using 0-60 for over 40 years so it is hard to change :)
     
  12. turbonutter69

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    Fair enough i'll say no more.;)
     
  13. bigbadjoe

    bigbadjoe Torque Junkie

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    Sorry, its like tarrets.

    Ill try harder next time! :bigsmile:

    Although a G-wiz is quicker than my car just now. She is all masked up, getting her nails and hair done. Get her back on Firday!!!
     
  14. T9 man

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    Pictures posted on Friday night then? :)
     
  15. bigbadjoe

    bigbadjoe Torque Junkie

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    I'll post the before pictures tonight when I get home, then I'll put the new ones on. I was a bit out of sink Monday morning and was in a rush so only took 3 pictures, but Ill take the exact same 3 and let you guys comment on the work. Hope he does a good job. :confused:
     
  16. MasterAuron

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    I don't define quick cars by 0-60, quarter mile or 30-130 defines a straight line quick car properly imo. There are plenty of cars that can do 0-60 very quickly due to AWD or being very light for example but then suffer afterwards or achieve a low terminal speed on the drag strip.
     
  17. SLEEPER

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    quick is when you have had a car for two years and it still scares you
     
  18. T9 man

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    Your definitely one of the lucky ones there Sleeper ;)
     
  19. bigbadjoe

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    I don't know about that. I had my Escort TD for two years, and there was nothing quick about that. But every time I stepped in her I was scared! Will be brakes work? Will she blow up? Will my foot go through the well!! :D :D :D
     
  20. stamford

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    But then some cars are built for acceleration like rallycross where top end is seldom used. Those things are mental, not as quick as the old days of Gollop and Schanche, there were quick!
     
  21. obi_waynne

    obi_waynne Administrator Staff Member Moderator

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    :lol: Russian roulette cars!
     
  22. Dan2587

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    Anthing that leaves evos and subarus in the dust is fast for me and throws you into the seat.
     
  23. bigbadjoe

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    Like what exactly?? :amuse:

    Only thing that will leave mine for dust is other evo's! Or cars that cost over £100000!
     
  24. T9 man

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    Well in only 3 days time there is a little known Saab residing down south, that maybe a strong contender to do just that :blink::bigsmile:
     
  25. obi_waynne

    obi_waynne Administrator Staff Member Moderator

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    I think for most of us it's our own cars that are fast, anything slower is slow to us. I guess we all get used to to the power we have and not where this is missing we really notice it in other cars.

    I'm still happy behind the wheel of an 8 second to 60 car though but I will probably not overtake anywhere near as much as I would in my own car.
     
  26. bigbadjoe

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    Sounds like a challenge! When you can get to 60 in less than 4, and keep pulling upto 170 then let me know! :bigsmile:

    And then take that speed into a corner and come out the other side :amazed::amuse:

    You want to see my baby now. My PC at home is bust (misses kids downloaded a virus) but I have before and after pics after my paint job. The guy said for another £150 he will cut and wax the whole thing! Ill take him up on that next month! My wheels have come up nice aswell :blink1:
     
  27. old-git

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    Sounds like quite a beast. Any 1/4 mile data (60ft, 1/8 mile, 1/4 mile and TS) ?

    The BS stops when the flag drops! :)
     
  28. T9 man

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    Well the first bit should be no trouble at all, as for the 2nd bit and taking a corner at speed, did not do to bad at Snetterton last time out if I do say so myself :bigsmile:

    What is it about kids and the things they look at on a PC that seems to attract a virus everytime? :sad2:
    Would dearly love to see those pics BBJ - so get your Norton out and repel the virus invader :bigsmile:
     
  29. T9 man

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    I like that one! :amuse: is that an original OG special then? :bigsmile:
     
  30. Fnorpan

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    I really need to upgrade soon, mine is slower than a snail compared to yours:embarrest:

    But in MY mind I'm the fastest thing around! :toung: ( a girl can dream right ;) )
     

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