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What Is the Right Amount of Horsepower?


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BAT poses an interesting question today:  What is the right amount of horsepower? 

WARNING:  Some of the answers might be disturbing and inappropriate for FAQers.

 

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oh, dear.

 

That's like asking what's your favorite color.

And your favorite vacation spot.

 

Spoiler alert:

300 bhp in an E30 is really nice.

300 bhp in my Ferd Eff Free Fiddy is just... meh.

Unless it has 700 ft- lbs of torque.

 

wait- torques?  what are those?

 

t

thinks they asked the wrong question, 

and is a sucker for just the right shade of purple.

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"I learn best through painful, expensive experience, so I feel like I've gotten my money's worth." MattL

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If you keep stockish guts,  from what i can glean, the most you want to have is about 175 is to the wheels (say 225 at the crank).  I am learning and living vicariously through and from my track day friends.

 

After that hp stuff breaks and unless you re-think the driveline, brakes and suspension it will be a constant grind to keep things in working order, and handling correctly. 

 

With that amount of HP, you can keep up with a Camary... maybe. 

 

The goal, for me is have something that can be serviced after I am gone. 

 

 

 

 

"Goosed" 1975 BMW 2002

 

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5 hours ago, tech71 said:

277.755 CDBHP

If you take enough CDB, I think 7 is enough.

 

What? Oh...

 

:D

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Ray

Stop reading this! Don't you have anything better to do?? :P
Two running things. Two broken things.

 

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dayumn, that is sexy...

 

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with a Camary...

damn the 80s.  damn them to hell.

 

t

 

 

"I learn best through painful, expensive experience, so I feel like I've gotten my money's worth." MattL

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I think Mark Donahue had the right answer.  When asked if 1500 hp in his Porsche 917/30 Can Am car was “too much” he said “if you can spin the tires all the way from the apex of one corner to the braking point for the next corner, you have ENOUGH Horsepower. There is no such thing as too much”

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On 2/17/2024 at 5:45 PM, ray_ said:

If you take enough CDB, I think 7 is enough.

 

What? Oh...

 

:D

Actually CDBHP stands for "Clydesdale Brake Horsepower" None of those wimpy Shetland ponies for me

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