How Much Horsepower Is Too Much?
It is safe to say that some cars have too much power. The real trick though, is figuring out exactly what that means. You could simply ascribe a number arbitrarily—five hundred, for instance. But doesn’t the weight of the vehicle matter? After all five hundred horsepower in a five thousand pound Bentley doesn’t really seem too excessive.
So is it a function of driver ability? Obviously, Sterling Moss, Niki Lauda and Michael Schumacher could handle more power than an average, weekend amateur. Some cars are at a natural disadvantage for high horsepower though, due to their chassis design, which means that more horsepower will get you in trouble quicker.
And finally, if we’re talking about a car that is meant for road use, the opportunities to truly exploit tremendous amounts of power are few and far between. So what are your thoughts? Which cars produce excessive power? Is there even such a thing?
How much horsepower is too much?
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