Adam Smithee, on 29 February 2012 - 09:45 PM, said:
Multiply your figure by 3X. And then wonder how much it must suck to be sitting in a $300K 700HP vehicle that can do 0-60 in 4 sec.... as some twentysomething blows by you on a $50 bicycle as you're sitting in city gridlock.
Now all we need is roads to match. There's darned few places you can (legally) wind a car out anymore.
My own personal best is just a hair under 120 in an '86 Audi 5000CS on I-94 just west of Miles City Montana. This was in the '90s before they imposed speed limits. The car should have been able to do 132 but you couldn't prove it by me - I could get almost to 120 and try to push it further and the engine would start losing power. Not sure if I was floating the valves or running out of fuel pressure, but it just didn't have any more. Prior to that I'd had a '76 Porsche 924 that supposedly had a top speed of 137 but I could never get past 110.
It makes me skeptical of some of these published "top speeds".
Well, fastest car I ever rode in.
Was about 9 or 10 older brother had recently bought a 78 Camero. Asked him why the speedo went to 140(this was the early 80's). And, it didn't hurt that the former owner was a well known street racer. Car looked bone stock other than the tires.
His response was a big sh$t eating grin and stomp on the floor. Within about 6 or 8 seconds I found myself watching the needle peg and then some.
Funny thing is with the tires he had on it the thing was not floating at all.
Fastest ever drove, is my 80 Citation X-11.
Keep in mind these where not the same as the regular models.
Different gears, different engines, different suspensions. I can vouch for the thing hitting 105-110
I say that as I was timing between mile markers. Only reason I couldn't squeeze a bit more out is the carb wasn't delivering enough gas. Couldn't get the engine past about 4 grand.
Before you call it impossible keep in mind these where essentially factory built race cars per the SCCA rules.
What ever you race you gotta' sell. I have made a life's habit out of doing things that others say are impossible, or owning things that act in a manner that is better than what others expect or think is possible.