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Aug 26th 2010 4:41PM >Each one of the cars is crafted with impressive detail and features a 3cc gasoline engine mated to a two-speed transmission, a fully-independent suspension with hydraulic shocks and four-wheel disc brakes – all on an R/C car. Insane?
No. That's a pretty much run-of-the-mill nitromethane 1/10th scale R/C car.
Aug 22nd 2010 4:36PM Fantastic reputation would be an understatement for their farm equipment, particularly their tractors.
This is Hyundai all over again. Yes, in the 1980s, Hyundais were a joke like Yugos, but the company behind it is a MASSIVE engineering conglomerate that makes very large, very important things with bullet proof reputations. For example, Hyundai basically makes 50% of the cargo ships on the planet.
That's why the company makes inroads into markets such as consumer passenger vehicles. First, it has the resources. Second, it's simply about getting the name out there and in the minds of more people.
Aug 15th 2010 8:29PM Actually, even Formula 1 cars have artificial limits. The reason being is the squishy drivers can't take higher G forces in the corners without passing out. It's a bit of a harder problem than in fighter jets since in fighter jets the force comes top-down, whereas a Formula 1 car is much more lateral.
We have the technologically to make the cars faster in the corners. Keeping the drivers conscious? Not so much. :)
Aug 13th 2010 12:44PM I'm going to see if I can dig up more info on this. This is relevant to my interests.
The engine probably revs to 7600rpm and sounds like hell. 88HP/liter is nothing to sneeze at either. Short throw shifter, Recaros, adjustable suspension, even beefier brakes (and hopefully no shimmy like the GT), etc? I... I'd considering ditching the MX-5 for this. Very different than what I've owned (NC MX-5 /w Suspension&LSD package, and an Evolution VIII MR), but interesting nonetheless.
Aug 7th 2010 11:40AM Honestly I'm a bit disappointed by the increase in omgponies. There's nothing wrong with 86HP/liter, except for when that engine is capable of much, much more.
I was really hoping for something more around 475HP -- 95HP/liter -- naturally aspirated. Peak power around 7600rpm or something. I mean, who wouldn't want a V8 muscle car that would start around $35K (and pushing into the low 40s with go-fast bits) that you could rev till nearly 8K? Hell, I'm fairly certain you could make it sound glorious.
To be honest, it's probably coming eventually, since this is the last year of the Shelby GT500.
Aug 3rd 2010 9:56PM That sir, is called a ridiculous final drive ratio. Final drives beyond 4.00 weren't unheard of back then.
Also awesome is 225HP from nearly 7.5 liters of displacement.
Aug 3rd 2010 9:12AM When the Lancer Evolution VIII MR came out, many dealers were charging $10,000 - $20,000 over MSRP, particularly in southern California. Dealers where I was (New England) actually sold their allocations to SoCal dealers for a quick profit. Even dealers in New England were charging M3-price tags for the cars.
I bought mine for $1500 under MSRP. From a guy who said, "Well, the guys charging over MSRP make good money, but they only make it once. I'd rather have the customer come back in the future because I didn't put him over a barrel the first time." 9 all year? Some Mitsu dealers only received ONE MR. One. Outside of SoCal the most a dealer got all year was 3.
Porsche Boxster Spyder? The LARGEST US dealers are getting 3 cars all year. Most are receiving just one. Some are loading them up with options to make as much money as possible. Some are selling them as Porsche intended - stripped down with just the sport chrono pack and sport exhaust. The ones that try to sell a $61K car for $85K... how do you think those customers will feel compared to the ones that paid $65K, but at least got all the "go faster" options?
Dealers do it to themselves. They look for a fast buck, piss off their customers, then wonder how they get into trouble.
Jul 31st 2010 10:27PM On what kind of tires though? Believe it or not, even a Mustang or RX-8 can hit a peak 1.5 lateral Gs on race slicks. If it can do it on a compound that gets 5000 miles of "normal" use you can color me impressed. If they're race slicks... not so impressive.
Another thing to consider is lateral Gs is sort of like increasing top speed. The drop-off of speed versus lateral Gs is quite significant. In a corner, the difference between 1.1G and 1.6G might only be 5 or 6 mph. It's still impressive, but to go faster, the G forces increase rather quickly past 1.0.
Jul 16th 2010 1:58AM A Boxster Spyder would be a better fit for the role than a Cayman S. Same power, but 200ish pounds less weight.
Around the Top Gear test track, the Boxster Spyder is 1 second a lap faster than a Carrera 2S (assuming you give the 2S 3 seconds back for the wet lap).
There is a club sport Cayman S coming though, which might make it under the 2800lb mark (the Boxster Spyder is 2811lbs, same as a 1999 Honda S2000).
Jul 6th 2010 7:46PM @Naggs
The VIII MR was $35K. I think the IX was $36K. When the MR's hit, the reality is there were so few of them, dealers were selling their allocations to southern California dealers where they had no issue getting $10-15K above MSRP for them. $15K over MSRP. That was well-equipped E46 M3 money.
I only got mine because I put a 50% deposit down 8 months before it arrived (day it was announced). The dealer was allocated one entire car (similar to the Boxster Spyder right now, where most dealers are getting 1 to 3 cars this year). I paid MSRP. Another dealer about 30 miles north of where I lived wanted $45K. And got it.