04-06-2011, 04:55 PM
Location: North of Los Angeles, CA
Join Date: Dec 2001
Mein Auto: Schnelle Autos
Speed ratings are very complicated. I drove a Ferrari 599 at 205 mph, a McLaren SLR at 204 mph, and an Audi R8 V10 at 195 mph. In each case, the vehicles were above 186 mph (the tire speed rating "Y") for no more than 15 seconds - I just watched the video and timed it. The venue was a long airport runway. The P Zero tires were brand new (that morning), and the ambient temps were cold. Heat is the big enemy at that speed, not centrifugal force, so I was hardly worried.*
Originally Posted by pointandgo
This may be OT for the car discussions...
...but 204 MPH might have exceeded the tire's speed rating unless they were "bracket" Y speed designation, and then certified for that speed by the tire mfgr. You checked? No need to take unnecessary risks!
The story runs on Autoblog this Friday.
(Note: That is not my lame open-face helmet I am holding in the picture below.)
* I was worried I was going to die... but more exited about going 200 mph than anything else.
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'13 Audi Q5 2.0T Quattro 8AT
'86 Porsche 911 Turbo 4MT
Gone, but never forgotten... my E70 X5 35d, E90 335i, E46 330i, E36 328i, E70 X5 3.0si, E53 X5 3.0i.
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Last edited by Emission; 04-06-2011 at 05:01 PM.
Reason: I lied.