Tom, is that the guy who claimed he went 200+ in a Vert? If it is, I'm not buying unless he was going down a 45 degree embankment. The hp it would take to pull that speed in a vert would be unbelievable.FRC Tom said:I met Bill Weir from TX over this past Labor Day weekend at the NCM.
He showed me and others his 205 mph speeding ticket.
Ooops -- your correct, I was using Z06 5th ratio instead of 0.74 for 5th. I used 3.42 rear end. Anyway, with the correct gear ratios, it says 182 MPH is at ~5950 RPMs.Rippied.Z06 said:Zeeoh, the FRC tranny gear ratios are the same as the coupe and verts. I think redline in 5th for those trannys is well over 185. I had a '99 FRC with only a K&N air filter and Corsas and I backed out of it at and indicated 175. I'm not sure what was left, but it was still pulling.
Aren't the C5s built to these low rolling resistance specs just for high speed runs?More interesting to the racer is the fact that it takes 145 hp to overcome drag at 150 mph. We know that our Corvette example car has about 240 hp, so about 95 hp must be going into overcoming rolling resistance and the slight braking forces arising from internal friction in the drive train and wheel bearings. Race cars capable of going 200 mph usually have at least 650 hp, about 350 of which goes into overcoming air resistance. It is probably possible to go 200 mph with a car in the 450-500 hp range, but such a car would have very good aerodynamics; expensive, low-friction internal parts; and low rolling resistance tires, which are designed to have the smallest possible contact patch like high performance bicycle tires, and are therefore not good for handling.