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Horsepower to Weight Ratio
With so many people reluctant to buy a vehicle that uses more gas than the next guy, but is afraid of ending up with a slug that may get rear ended entering a 55+ MPH highway we need a standard. I would like to suggest 10:1 ratio of weight in pounds to horsepower. Easy to figure out. If your car weighs 3200 pounds you should have 320 horsepower. The mustang GT almost hits it and the GTO exceeds it, but as we all know GTs are overpriced and the GTO is a major gas hog (gas guzzler tax). The solution is to build lighter cars. A 150 HP engine would save gas and still have enough power to climb a hill with the A/C on if the car it pushes weighs 1500 pounds. How? Plastics and carbon fibre, tubular frames and air bags. Are they safe? You bet. That's how race cars are built. When buying your next vehicle look at the HP to weight ratio. If you come up with 16:1 you can count on it being a real dud. 9:1 and you can not only keep up in traffic, you'll be just plain fast. Ideas?
2013 Mustang GT, 2001 GMC Yukon Denali
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