It depends on a car these days. You can run a GT-R all day long posting best times as long as your tires are up to snuff, between LC and stupid fast DSG it really is a matter of mashing the throttle.I loooove the pious attitude that comes standard with your typical road racer/auto-crosser ego. Drag racing isn't real racing, right? Because anyone can do it, right? That is seriously laughable.
Not upset, just correcting things that irk me. I don't think this internet stuff seriously. But for the record.....Oh, and Bad Bowtie - no need to get so upset. We are not talking about drag racing at all and I don't think anyone badmouthed drag racing in this thread.
If you want to turn, my advice is that anybody can mash the gas pedal
Agreed, but cars with factory launch control and dual clutch transmissions are a rarity at the strip.It depends on a car these days. You can run a GT-R all day long posting best times as long as your tires are up to snuff, between LC and stupid fast DSG it really is a matter of mashing the throttle.
Well, I suppose that just goes to my personal preferences and where I put drag racing on the motorsport totem pole. I've done it somewhere around a dozen times and got bored with it. It's an adrenaline rush alright but really all I wanted to know was how fast can I go, and I found that out within 3-5 trips to the drag strip and I've been on 3 different strips (Englishtown, Atco, Island). I didn't really care about anything further for drags and like you say to each his own, but I found I wanted to use the brake pedal and the steering wheel too.I like how people assume drag racing is just mash the pedal and go, like you just said in your post. :lol: Granted it takes a different set of skills and in almost every case less actual talent, but that's because drag racing is mostly about setting up the car before the race, not (entirely) what you do in the race. I have a friend with an LS1 Formula that ran 12.0s with no power mods other than a muffler. Different beasts, but that doesn't mean one is better than the other.
I've done all three and I drag raced first before discovering the others, so I don't know where you see this pious attitude. Drag racing is all about getting a good launch, putting down power, and shifting efficiently. As a driver, I found it boring compared to autocross and road racing. Just my preference, people want to drag and nothing else, more power to 'em. I just think they're missing out on a bigger world because cars are about more than going fast in a straight line.I loooove the pious attitude that comes standard with your typical road racer/auto-crosser ego. Drag racing isn't real racing, right? Because anyone can do it, right? That is seriously laughable.
Please do me the favor of putting it in context and don't jump to conclusions. That was not a swipe at drag racing, it was a swipe at hitting a road course thinking flooring the accelerator is going to get you anywhere. I said "if you want to go straight, drag race. If you want to turn, anybody can mash the pedal, going fast around a road course is about more than raw power.". To reword it, you seem to be under the impression that straight line speed is very important in road racing. I've seen and to a degree been one of those guys. Getting on a road course and thinking you can just mash the pedal will get you failure. I then spent a paragraph saying how important carrying speed through corners is and how hitting a road course treating the throttle like it's an on/off switch leads to understeer entering corners, oversteer powering out of them, and offroading excursions in the grass.
It depends -- in drag racing you can grenade a diff or snap a driveshaft or blow the motor, it's a violent full-out trauma to the car.Drag racing is also more taxing on your car, usually. You can rip drivetrain bits out in one day of hard drag racing, but you'd have to be a complete idiot to do that much damage on a road course.
I love Mustangs. I have one. Iv'e had a number of them over the last 30 years. I've even autocrossed a couple of them quite successfully.You don't like the older Mustangs so they aren't sports cars in your opinion. O.K. good for you.
No. Roadster is a distinct bodystyle, a convertible 2 door with no rollup windows. A 2 door with roll up side windows is a cabriolet. Both are subsets of convertibles, but roadster is NOT merely a small car with a folding top. The terms are not interchangeable. There are sports cars that are not roadsters and there are roadsters that are not sports cars. See below for examples of each...I disagree that a sports car needs a roof. If it did, the term "roadster" would be redundant.
GT has a distinct FIA definition, which is where cars like this got their name:I think a GT is a 2-door 4-seater designed for quickness AND comfort of driving long distances, but not sportiness. Think Aston Martin. Or Mustang.
I would agree with you, you can't call something like a 240z a GT car, or even a 350z they are not exactly built for any kind of comfort. The M, (R)S, AMG would be GT cars so would the 3000GT or the Z32 (300ZX).I disagree that a sports car needs a roof. If it did, the term "roadster" would be redundant. I think a GT is a 2-door 4-seater designed for quickness AND comfort of driving long distances, but not sportiness. Think Aston Martin. Or Mustang.
Thankfully the after market has taken care of that. There are plenty of 4 link, 5 links, and IRS swap ins (yes swap ins, the car was originally designed for a 5 link rear)....but kept the live rear axle and leaf springs. Not advanced Corvette leaf springs either, but truck-style leaf springs.