So why are expensive cars fast? Have you ever pondered over that question? We are about to bring that answer to you right away!
But before then, do you know that on July 3rd of 1886, the inventor of Mercedes-Benz drove his invention to a top speed of 16km/hr.
That was however the beginning of the evolution, the auto industry continued to evolve gradually giving birth to some really fast cars.
In 1949 Jaguar produced the XK120 with a speed of about 200.5 km/h, Mercedes-Benz responded a few years later and produced the 300SL with a top speed of 242.5km/h and the tale continues.
In modern times we have seen the likes of the Bugatti Veyron 14.4 boast of a whopping speed of about 431.072km/h and in 2017 Koenigsegg Agera RS was produced with a speed of 447.19km/h.
These fast cars are a beauty to behold and many want to have them in their garage, but they are usually costly, so what makes these fast cars expensive?
What makes a car fast
So what makes the vehicle fast? There are several factors that contribute to the general speed of a vehicle, let us consider some of them.
The engine is the powerhouse of the car, serving as the main source of propulsion, engines produce some sought-of work-energy rated as in horsepower, one horsepower is 550 foot-pounds per second. So the amount of power generated by the engine is directly proportional to the speed of the car!
All the systems involved in the transfer of the energy produced from the engine to the wheels make up the power train. During this transfer process, some energy is lost due to friction and general resistance in the power train system, cars with efficient power trains tend to be faster than those that lose so much power along the line.
Surely, you already know why big vehicles are a lot slower than smaller vehicles, so even with an efficient power train and a good engine, the speed of a vehicle might still be low if the weight is too much for the engine.
Have seen cars with some sought of streamline bodies? These cars are structures to reduce air resistance and they move. So if a car has a good aerodynamic design, it is surely going to be faster than a car that does not have one
Why are expensive cars so fast?
During the production of the vehicle, the engine capacity is increased and merged with an efficient power train that tallies with the weight of the car which will surely have great aerodynamics.
These design considerations, result in an increase in the cost of producing a fast car, hence making the finished product expensive.
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