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    Quote Originally Posted by Twitch Boy View Post
    It is actually quite difficult to increase a "mere mortal" car's speed beyond about 150 MPH. Above that point aerodynamic drag starts pushing back exponentially harder and harder.

    For scale, the Bugatti Veyron only needs about 250 of its 1000+ HP to reach 150 MPH. Heck, a Camry makes that much power these days. The Veyron needs everything else it has to continue to 250. And that's with the caveat that the tires will eat themselves within 10 minutes.

    Plus you need a couple miles of clear runway to hit that speed - rarely available on a public road.

    Either this guy had a fully loaded 1000 HP+ drag special or we're dealing with cop math.
    Formula 1 cars are currently producing 900 - 1000 BHP. At the Mexican F1 race a few weeks ago, a F1 car reached 230 mph for the first time ever. Granted, these are road course cars so it does require a significant straight to reach this speed before having to brake. These cars also have sophisticated aerodynamics to keep them on the track.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twitch Boy View Post
    It is actually quite difficult to increase a "mere mortal" car's speed beyond about 150 MPH. Above that point aerodynamic drag starts pushing back exponentially harder and harder.

    For scale, the Bugatti Veyron only needs about 250 of its 1000+ HP to reach 150 MPH. Heck, a Camry makes that much power these days. The Veyron needs everything else it has to continue to 250. And that's with the caveat that the tires will eat themselves within 10 minutes.

    Plus you need a couple miles of clear runway to hit that speed - rarely available on a public road.

    Either this guy had a fully loaded 1000 HP+ drag special or we're dealing with cop math.
    It may hard but it's not impossible. I don't know what the car was. But you give me the money I'll make a 2011 Mustang go over 200. It won't sustain that speed for a long time but it will do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walrus View Post
    It may hard but it's not impossible. I don't know what the car was. But you give me the money I'll make a 2011 Mustang go over 200. It won't sustain that speed for a long time but it will do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Sicatoka View Post
    Why are the words "JATO rocket" and "Darwin Award" in my head right now?
    Its called American muscle,, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0fOPDXo4Tg

    Lots of guys building stuff all over the place. Sometimes it blows up, sometimes it doesn't . You better be sure its going to handle well at those speeds or I agree Darwin award.
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    Its called American muscle.
    Did I mention that I have access to both a Challenger Hellcat and a Charger Hellcat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Sicatoka View Post
    Did I mention that I have access to both a Challenger Hellcat and a Charger Hellcat.
    Those are prime examples but I prefer real "muscle cars" and those haven't been built since 1971. One thing for sure I wouldn't take an old muscle car up to the speeds you could take one of those though
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    Quote Originally Posted by walrus View Post
    Those are prime examples but I prefer real "muscle cars" and those haven't been built since 1971. One thing for sure I wouldn't take an old muscle car up to the speeds you could take one of those though
    Dodge restarted its Hellcat production last year. Very limited numbers, IIRC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Twitch Boy View Post
    It is actually quite difficult to increase a "mere mortal" car's speed beyond about 150 MPH. Above that point aerodynamic drag starts pushing back exponentially harder and harder.

    For scale, the Bugatti Veyron only needs about 250 of its 1000+ HP to reach 150 MPH. Heck, a Camry makes that much power these days. The Veyron needs everything else it has to continue to 250. And that's with the caveat that the tires will eat themselves within 10 minutes.

    Plus you need a couple miles of clear runway to hit that speed - rarely available on a public road.

    Either this guy had a fully loaded 1000 HP+ drag special or we're dealing with cop math.
    Well, it was in Oklahoma and from what I remember from driving across Oklahoma, it's pretty flat and straight. That and I believe the guy is supposed to be some sort of racer there as well. Having some after-market additions under the hood of that Mustang is well within the realm of possibilities.
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    bueller: Why is the sunset good? Why are boobs good? Why does Positrack work? Why does Ferris lose on the road and play dead at home?

    It just happens.


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    I've been lucky so far in life, in that I've yet to have to really "shop" for a car... I just acquired cars from my parents for nothing while in school. With my dad working for an auto supplier, I was able to go the "non-negotiable" price route for my truck. Very simple and no hassle.

    Well, now I'm having to go purchase a used car, and I feel so dirty and out of place. I know games are being played by dealers, but I'm oblivious to them. Anyone have any tips from their car buying experiences? Any good resources that have basic Do's/Dont's?

    All I've really done so far is that I only deal in "Out the door" prices. That just seems to be shrugged off by the sales people and they continue their games. I'm just not used to negotiating. Not used to the high pressure sales tactics. Just a case of choosing the wrong dealerships to do business with?
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    Use KBB.com, Edmunds.com, and carsoup.com to find price ranges. Use Carfax.com and find a mechanics shop with a good reputation that offers pre-purchase car checks. Paying a couple hundred, or even a few hundred, to know what you're getting helps a lot of people.
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    I was googling for about 2 months. Found price ranges, different dealerships, etc. Knew my budget (that is very key, obviously). Mapped out different interest rates/monthly payments/down payments, as well as what I actually wanted and needed in a vehicle. Some places were obviously no haggle, some were open to haggling (the ones that didn't haggle made it rather clear on the website).

    Basically, get ALL the information you can, no matter how trivial, before you go in. The more you are prepared, the less likely they will dcik around. Don't be afraid to walk away, either.
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    Meh. It's like the first time you have sex. You spend way too much time thinking about it, you get there, negotiations take significantly less time than you think, then there's the crying afterwards because you got screwed and now you feel used. Wait, no. Not that last part.

    Seriously though, look up the car on True Car, get your price, offer them $500 less than True Car price, accept their counter. I think the negotiations for my MDX took all of five minutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
    Meh. It's like the first time you have sex. You spend way too much time thinking about it, you get there, negotiations take significantly less time than you think, then there's the crying afterwards because you got screwed and now you feel used. Wait, no. Not that last part.

    Seriously though, look up the car on True Car, get your price, offer them $500 less than True Car price, accept their counter. I think the negotiations for my MDX took all of five minutes.
    That's about the same for me. They saw that I had all info at hand, and didn't jerk me around. It was a matter of getting the loan (my only previous loan ever was so old, it was off my history).
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    My first loan is almost 15 years old now. Still there.

    Besides, it doesn't matter what your car loan history is, only your credit score matters. Sure it's a part, but they don't care. They just want to know your. Umber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
    My first loan is almost 15 years old now. Still there.

    Besides, it doesn't matter what your car loan history is, only your credit score matters. Sure it's a part, but they don't care. They just want to know your. Umber.
    I am aware. The bank apparently asked if I had EVER taken out a loan before. I will say, having the same residence (10 years) and same job (15 years) helped. Rarely use my CC. I just don't buy what I can't afford. *shrug* I hate owing money, even short term.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brenthoven View Post
    I am aware. The bank apparently asked if I had EVER taken out a loan before. I will say, having the same residence (10 years) and same job (15 years) helped. Rarely use my CC. I just don't buy what I can't afford. *shrug* I hate owing money, even short term.
    I use my CC daily, still only buy what I can afford as I never have a carryover balance. You simply have to be disciplined. Also, the CC gives me cash bonus, so it increases my annual purchasing power.
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    Same here Everything goes on the credit card. I've had it since I was 15. Paid it off every month. It's responsible for about 60-80 points in my credit score. If I were to cancel my card, I'd drop well out of the 800s.

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    Picked up a 2017 Mazda3 2.5T today. 6-speed manual. Having fun.

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