How Global Rallycross Cars Can Accelerate Faster Than Gravity

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The Engineering Explained is our favorite go-to source for a nerding out over how ...

The Engineering Explained is our favorite go-to source for a nerding out over how certain automotive features work because, well, how else will us dreamers get to be a next Horacio Pagani?

Not too long ago, Jason Fenske, also known as that man from Engineering Explained, pulled out his markers and whiteboard to show us what was a shortest theoretical time limit for the car to run 0-60 mph.

By applying multiple variables, Jason found that the shortest time a production vehicle running street tires should be able to make the run in is 2.0 seconds. But what if we delve into the automotive world that lies outside production-spec vehicles?

Well, after all, the only production car in the foreseeable future that could make the 2.0-second 0-60 mph run is the Bugatti Chiron, but its acceleration time hasn’t been confirmed yet. And on the other hand, rally cross supercars can manage that run in as little as 1.9 seconds.

With AWD, the lightning-quick transmissions, stellar power-to-weight ratios, and the sophisticated differentials doling out proper doses of power to each wheel, and it’s easy to see how they can manage such a feat. And it’s still fun to hear the explanation with the backdrop of rally cars leaping and catching fire.

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