TMC is an independent, primarily volunteer organization that relies on ad revenue to cover its operating costs. Please consider whitelisting TMC on your ad blocker or making a Paypal contribution here: paypal.me/SupportTMC

Hot Rod Ford couldn't make the grade.

Discussion in 'Roadster' started by daniel, Jul 8, 2012.

  1. daniel

    daniel Active Member

    Joined:
    May 7, 2009
    Messages:
    1,131
    Location:
    Spokane, WA
    So today a really beautiful hot rod Ford with open wheels and no top (didn't look as though it could take a top) and no hood (the engine was open, and very shiny) pulled up next to me in the front line at a stop light. The noise it made was truly horrendous, probably no muffler, I think. But the car, I hate to say this of a stinker, was gorgeous.

    When the light changed, we both floored it. I'm allergic to speeding tickets, so in this 35-mph zone I only accelerated to 40 or slightly above, but when I let off the pedal, I was ahead of him. But I was ahead of him by considerably less than I'm always ahead of other cars. Poor noise-polluting gas car just couldn't make the grade, against my whisper-quiet electric. He continued to accelerate past me, probably to 45 or so.

    I don't know beans about cars, so I don't know anything about his car except that it had the open wheels, and it said "Ford" on the side in a fancy-looking style. (I only learned a few weeks ago what "open wheels" means when someone posted a picture of that lady racer (Danika something?) and I looked her up and had to Google "open wheel racing.")

    Anyway, it's the first time that I've been next to anything fast, and I was actually surprised that it could stay as close as it did. Not close at all in racing terms, but I'm used to the other cars disappearing in my rear-view mirror. At the stoplight I told him his car was beautiful, and after our little "race" when he turned left at the next light we exchanged a friendly wave.

    After that I got lost trying to take an unaccustomed route to a store on the other side of town (finally got there) and had a very pleasant 50-mile drive on one of our first really nice hot sunny days of the year, half of it on country roads. The mesh top has been on for about 3 days now.

    One year later, I still love this car. And it's just a wee bit nicer since the ranger managed to stuff some added padding into the seat and I could take off the seat pad I'd been using.
     
  2. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2012
    Messages:
    12,763
    Location:
    Texas
    Well a hot rod Ford like that probably weighs all of 2300 lbs and has a 500 hp engine or some such. No surprise that he wasn't very far behind.
     
  3. smorgasbord

    smorgasbord Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2011
    Messages:
    2,379
    Location:
    SF Bay Area
    #3 smorgasbord, Jul 8, 2012
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 13, 2016
    Just make sure this doesn't happen to you:
     
  4. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

    Joined:
    May 17, 2009
    Messages:
    18,235
    Location:
    Las Vegas, NV
    That's called justice
     
  5. strider

    strider Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2010
    Messages:
    2,920
    Location:
    NE Oklahoma
    As others have said, those cars are very light and if the person knows what they're doing can have a lot of power. But rest assured that little stunt probably cost him a few dollars in gas and you a few cents in electricity.

    But if this happens again, twist your key to the "start" position (and then let go) or push the battery icon on the VDS twice to get into Performance mode. That'll give you a few extra ponies.
     
  6. agileone

    agileone CDN P#40

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2011
    Messages:
    273
    Location:
    Montréal, Québec
    #6 agileone, Jul 8, 2012
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 13, 2016
    Yeah , and then, this happened to their cousin :
     
  7. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2011
    Messages:
    14,241
    Location:
    Columbia River Gorge
    Hahah, that was hysterical. How great they were filming at the time.
     
  8. jordanthompson

    jordanthompson 2010 2.0 Sport, VIN 0683

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2011
    Messages:
    512
    Location:
    Satellite Beach, FL
    I had a similar event - a souped up Camaro (very over-sized rear wheels, engine poking out of the hood - the whole works) gunned his engine as he passed me, then slowed down so he would hit the red light at the same time as me.
    He sat next to me, gunning his engine...
    I looked over to his passenger and said "I'll give you a head start!"
    I think that pissed them off!
    When the light turned green, there was a tremendous roar, smoke billowed out of his wheels and I waited until his rear bumper cleared my front bumper - then I hit it. I slowed down at more-or-less the speed limit and waited for him to blow by me :)
    He was gracious enough to give me a thumbs up as he went by.
    The coolest thing was: my car never made a peep :-D
     
  9. vfx

    vfx Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2006
    Messages:
    14,792
    Location:
    CA CA
  10. daniel

    daniel Active Member

    Joined:
    May 7, 2009
    Messages:
    1,131
    Location:
    Spokane, WA
    I'm pretty careful. <Knock on wood!!!​>

    I wasn't expecting a race. I always take off pretty fast if the road is clear and dry. I've put it in Performance mode once or twice, but I couldn't really tell the difference. If I ever know it's going to be a race I'll do it.
     
  11. The_User

    The_User Member

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2012
    Messages:
    31
    Location:
    Seattle
    There isn't much out there on the street that will out accelerate a speadster. Speadsters don't have anything special when it comes to weight/hp. I've had plenty of ICE cars with better weight/hp ratios than a roadster. Why roadster pretty much rule the streets is simple:
    100% of torque from 1rpm
    Never has to shift (no time loss)
    Put those together and it would take something with a weight/hp ratio of something like 1lb per 20hp to keep up. Roadsters are only something like 1lb to 11hp I think?
     

Share This Page