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Old 03-16-2011, 01:37 PM   #29
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Originally Posted by Do Work, Son View Post
Either way diesels are meant for low rpm grunt. Apples to oranges.

Like I said, weight isn't an important detractor of top speed runs. Downforce, by definition, is artificially creating extra weight. Those F1 cars generate something like an extra ton of weight at speed, it's their 850hp that lets them hit high speeds. The low static weight of the car lets them hit that speed quickly.

Horsepower pushes you past drag, that's why there's 200mph old Pontiacs at Bonneville (which have the drag coefficients of large bricks). It takes more and more power to get each extra mile per hour, whether the car is stable at that speed is a different matter.
We are saying the same thing... Essentially (weight does matter, as you just proved, sorry)
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