I will beat the owner of a ZHP driving his own car because I don't mind Car&Driver clutch drop starts and abusive shifting when driving your car. My car would be slower when I drive it because I wouldn't be willing to abuse it.mschupp said:
You`re absolutely correct....a *compliant* suspension is much more important than a stiff one if you need good everyday driveability....older Jag sedans were always praised for their great ride & handling, the reason for this is, in addition to a good IRS design, they employed relatively soft spring rates, and controlled them by using two shocks per side. A setup like this gives a little more initial lean on turn-in, but a very high overall level of grip & comfort. This is almost impossible to achieve with a solid-axle car, as the suspension has to deal with the weight of the axles, diff, brakes, etc. (Oh yeah, another thing Jag did was use inboard disc brakes that were mounted right next to the diff....what a f-in` nightmare to change them out....)bluejeansonfire said:The BMW 330 can run the quarter in the mid-14s in stock stickshift trim. The Camaro Z28/ss will run in the mid/low 13s. The Camaro is a good handling car, it's softer ride makes it handle cmparitively to a new Mustang. People often confuse high spring rates with good handling- fom my experience it isn't true, it's a marketing ploy. The new comp M3 has softer springs than the regular M3, yet they perform handling comparisions comparitively- almost identically, sometimes the comp model exceeds the regular M3. Though the Camaro doesn't have the refinement of the 330 in its driving and cornering - though it will corner comparitively, its a feel thing - the 330 is just more fun, yet whips the 330 in straight-a-ways.
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=46244&page=5&pp=25SpeedFreak! said:No... it's true... and so is every other test and comparison. The ZHP version is quicker.