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(Fox News)   Despite what the speedometer says, your piece of crap economy hatchback can't really do 140 miles per hour   ( divider line
    More: Obvious, Toyota Yaris, Chevy Malibu, Nissan Sentra, cruising speed, business development manager, model year  
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16121 clicks; posted to Main » on 28 Feb 2013 at 3:09 PM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-02-28 02:14:12 PM  
5 votes:
Mine can. I put a big-ass spoiler on the back AND some TYPE-R stickers on both doors.
2013-02-28 03:16:18 PM  
4 votes:
FTA: "You reach a point where it becomes ridiculous," says Larry Dominique..."

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My car goes to Plaid
2013-02-28 02:14:35 PM  
3 votes:

nekom: This is new to anyone?  I can't remember the last time I owned a car in which I could `bury the needle'

Only vehicle I ever owned where I could bury the needle was a motorcycle.  It had one of those stupid 85 MPH speedometers.

I once wound it out all the way until it wouldn't go any faster, noted the RPMs, then went back home, measured the actual circumference of my rear tire, and went through the gear ratios to come up with top speed.  It was about 115 MPH.

/Math works, biatches.
2013-02-28 03:47:09 PM  
2 votes:
FTA: "Claybrook concedes there's no data to show the 85 mph limit saved lives, but she believes it did. She called the ever-higher speedometer numbers immoral."

That pretty much encapsulates the Carter administration (where Claybrook worked).  No evidence, but I feel this way.  And if you don't you're a bad person!
2013-02-28 03:24:05 PM  
2 votes:
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Car manufacturers create the illusion of speed by putting large numbers on speedometers.
2013-02-28 03:22:37 PM  
2 votes:
The sad thing is that Fox News viewers (and readers) actually need to be told this.
2013-03-01 10:05:21 AM  
1 vote:

The Irresponsible Captain: Some of those old boats will easily hit 120, and they're quite comfortable doing it. The low ratio steering is good over 90, it doesn't feel squirrely at all. They're geared at 2.7 or 2.9:1 so the engine is not over-revving even at that speed. Lots of power with a 400+ CI and a 4bbl.

Just don't try to stop quickly on four drums.

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Yeah... all that weight and four stock drums.  :: Shudders::  Hitting the brakes at speed is more like a suggestion than a demand.  You hit the slow pedal and somewhere in the bowels of that beast a scribe meticulously dictates "slowing down would be a good idea", folds the note carefully, ties it to a pigeon and then lets it fly.  Sometime in the future the gnomes living inside of the wheel hubs begin the deceleration process.  3 or 4 days later you will stop.
My uncle wanted to run his old Buick Electra at a bracket event.  "My ticker is bad and I'm fat, you want to run it today?" he asked. "Sure" I said, full of youth and vigour.
After getting through the quarter mile I was running out of deceleration space.  It was like stopping an aircraft carrier.  I think I got my first gray hairs watching that embankment get closer, closer, closer.  I ended up dumping it into first, then just neutral dropping it.  Without using the transmission to slow down I don't think I would have been able to stop in time.  "About time I swap to discs eh nephew?"  :: angry glare ::
2013-02-28 08:01:39 PM  
1 vote:

timujin: How tall are you? I'm 6'3" and most sport bikes leave me with my knees somewhere around my ears. That's why I love the 'Bird. I've always wanted a Big One ('93-'95 CB1000F), but need to go check out the new CB1100. I've always loved the UJM style and I'm glad to see Honda's brought it back.

i'm 6'2"... and it's not the legs, it's the arms. the fairing and tank are designed for standard bars, so clip-ons are a no-go. on a zx6-r or gsx-r600, my elbow just touches my knee when I'm tucked, almost like i'm latched onto the tank with my whole body. on the gs500, my arms are in a really awkward position when i try to get low on the bike.
2013-02-28 07:16:17 PM  
1 vote:
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2013-02-28 06:54:03 PM  
1 vote:
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2013-02-28 06:18:06 PM  
1 vote:

timujin: MythDragon: [ image 500x375]


What's the top end on an F4i?  I'm on a Blackbird and it's definitely above that.

I hit 157 and the wind caught my backpack, turning it into a drouge chute, and damn near ripped me off the back. I decided I had gone fast enough at that point, and have since kept it under 110. I didn't want to find out what finding yourself at 150+ suddenly under your own power while wearing only jeans to protect your ass felt like.
2013-02-28 06:02:16 PM  
1 vote:
//Another RX-8 pilot here, should add...
2013-02-28 05:21:27 PM  
1 vote:
My speedometer is completely digital.  It could actually get to 999mph.
2013-02-28 05:15:12 PM  
1 vote:
LOL, that  Joan Claybrook is such an authoritarian harpy!
"To have a car register any more than the maximum speed limit is really a statement by the company: Drive faster. It's OK," she said. "It's encouraging people to violate the law."
Hey Joan, why don't you fark off and let us make our own decisions. Who the hell elected you boss of the spedometers?
2013-02-28 05:05:09 PM  
1 vote:
Have to LOL at the author of that article, not for some of the obvious things, but for this:

The Yaris got its 140 mph speedometer in a redesign for the 2012 model year, giving it the same top reading as the original 1953 Chevrolet Corvette sports car.

Um, the 1953 Corvette had a top speed of 105mph, so even 60 years ago they did the EXACT SAME THING as this article is talking about.

And hate to break it to them, but that Yaris today is faster from 0-60mph, faster to the 1/4 mile and has a higher top speed than that Corvette.  And, it handles better.  Just saying, since they chose such a lame example "sports car" for an example.

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2013-02-28 04:14:51 PM  
1 vote:

If your too lazy to type out speedometer, use mile fast thing or windy uppy thing.



2013-02-28 04:06:54 PM  
1 vote:

jgilb: Little dick Americans are easily fooled. What a surprise.

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2013-02-28 03:52:44 PM  
1 vote:

Whiskey Dickens: littlett's:Once I lowered the Mustang and cut down a bit of it's wind resistance,

You changed the drag coefficient or the frontal area by lowering the car?  Math is hard, Malibu barbie!

changing the ride height decreases frontal area by having more of the tires' leading edge obscured by the body of the vehicle.

also, being closer to the ground changes the airflow characteristics... that's why things like air dams and underbody spoilers work.
2013-02-28 03:51:42 PM  
1 vote:

Glockenspiel Hero: I drive a Hyundai Sonata.  The most boring car on Earth.  You could paint it white and stamp CAR on the sides

Top speed: 147 mph, clocked by the cops in Arizona

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/Never had it even farking close to that kind of speed.  Even if the drivetrain can handle it, I know the tires and suspension can't

I've had a similar experience. My 2nd car, a hand me down Camaro, was transporting me home at a pretty standard rate of speed one evening when a cop pulls up behind me. Lights blaring. He walks up calmly and asks how fast I was going. I tell him I didn't think I was speeding. He tells me "Well you were going 108."

And I laughed. Just straight up laughed in his face. I'm very polite to police officers normally and always respectful but it was absurd. It was a hilarious accusation. I told him I didn't doubt my car could go 108 but #1 I'd probably notice if I was going 108 and #2 in the traffic we were in and at a dead stop he'd have to have been going 148 to catch me from where he was sitting if I was going 108.

He didn't find it funny. He insisted I was going that speed, and told me I was lucky to not be going to jail and I'd better hire a lawyer since I was "recklessly speeding". I did. Took it to court and after a lengthy battle it was dismissed on the grounds that there was no evidence other than "I seen it going fast". Ended up costing me over $400 for the whole thing just because some idiot cop jumped at the first exciting radar gun number he saw.
2013-02-28 03:51:26 PM  
1 vote:

Whiskey Dickens: You changed the drag coefficient or the frontal area by lowering the car?  Math is hard, Malibu barbie!

Air dams, just how do they work.

At the stock ride height the car's nose is to damn high and it allowed too much air to pass under the car instead of passing over it.

Let me guess, you are one of those guys that uses double sided tape to put a new bumper on his Civic so you can be all fast and furious.
2013-02-28 03:44:48 PM  
1 vote:
Heh.  My '95 Impala SS uses seven-segment digit displays, except for the 100s place, which has the left upper one blanked.  So, I guess that it'll read up to 399MPH before having a problem

/haven't gotten it to triple digits yet
//certain that it'll easily break 120
///going up the Mogollon Rim out of Phoenix at 80 was fun
2013-02-28 03:40:37 PM  
1 vote:

Mr. Coffee Nerves: Guy I went to high school with swore to the lord above that he got busted doing 150 on the interstate in his 1978 Chevy Chevette.

Yes, every word in that sentence has something fundamentally wrong.

Utter rubbish, hogslop, balderdash, and bull cookies.  There's no way on fsm's green earth a pos chevette could do 150.  Only in free fall, and even then, I'm dubious.

We had one of those miserable pieces of shiat, acceleration was measured by calendar.  When I went from that to the honda accord LXi with the 12 valve (1986), it was like going from the original wright brothers flying machine to a Saturn V-5 rocket.  It was incomprehensible that GM would even insult the consumers with that shiatbox.  I have never forgiven the american car industry for that travesty.
2013-02-28 03:34:34 PM  
1 vote:

busy chillin': SpdrJay: I tell stories about how fast I have driven because it makes my dick bigger!

ahhhhhh, you bought a H2, and now this thread comes up.

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2013-02-28 03:31:29 PM  
1 vote:

blatz514: grokca: blatz514: Whoa whoa whoa, hold on.  You're saying my rusted out '93 Sentra won't go 140mph?

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You obviously need more speed holes.

I learned kicking slush off the car leads to more speed holes.

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2013-02-28 03:30:20 PM  
1 vote:
When I was 16 or so my dad picked up a new Yamaha motorcycle with a digital speedo.  He let me take it up the road and back.  When I got back I said "Did you notice that the speedo stops going up at 85?".

His reply was "No, I did not."  Last time I ever road that bike,
2013-02-28 03:28:23 PM  
1 vote:
Sez who?
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2013-02-28 03:25:31 PM  
1 vote:
I tell stories about how fast I have driven because it makes my dick bigger!
2013-02-28 03:25:15 PM  
1 vote:
But Claybrook isn't satisfied. "To have a car register any more than the maximum speed limit is really a statement by the company: Drive faster. It's OK," she said. "It's encouraging people to violate the law."

Just to be safe, we should make a speedometer max out at 20. After all, a speedometer that goes to 75 will encourage someone to drive that fast through a school zone.
2013-02-28 03:20:54 PM  
1 vote:
One day, driving my Ford Probe, I got busted by the State Troopers going POTATO.
2013-02-28 03:18:15 PM  
1 vote:
My car is limited to 150.  My speedo goes to 160.
2013-02-28 03:14:03 PM  
1 vote:
But can it at least do 88mph?

/great scot
2013-02-28 02:34:12 PM  
1 vote:
My speedo tops out at 205, though the 'Bird will only get up to about 178.
2013-02-28 02:10:36 PM  
1 vote:
I wouldn't want to go faster than 100 miles an hour.  Its dangerous and if you get a ticket, you're farked.

I can't remember the last time I drove at 100 miles an hour for more than a minute or two, on a public road or highway.
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