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Don't expect to get any accurate times (more) (archive)

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Posted by PM3 on June 21, 2000 at 04:00:59:

In Reply to: What is the 0-60 of the E36 M3? posted by Jeremy on June 20, 2000 at 19:56:27:


Time to speed is never totally accurate by every magazine testing the same car, let alone different/yet same model cars. The only thing you'll get accurate, usually is the speed at distance X (like trap speed at 1/4m). That is usually determined by weight and HP. But the "TIME" is determined by good take offs and shifting as well, which is usually up to individual drivers, and is never accurate. If he 'loses' it in first, the speed at trap won't be affect much becuase he or she will only lose 5-15 ft, but valuable time. I mean, I've already heard on more than one occasion that through "speed shifting" some folks have gotten a stock M at 5.0-5.1 seconds. Take for instance a Diablo..0-60 in mags ranges from 4.4-5.2, and 1/4 from 12.7-13.2..but the trap speed is always within 2mph..Driver affects it, as does the surface, tires, temp, humidity, and even altitude. CYA>PM3

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