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US Government Doesn`t Allow Efficient Vehicles??

Is this legit? I know of the Bluemotion over here, but not in the US...? Wow. Prepare to be infuriated.

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US Government Doesn`t Allow Efficient Vehicles??. Is this legit? I know of the Bluemotion over here, but not in the US...? Wow. Prepare to be infuriated.
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Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 11255 Posts
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 4:42:06 PM
Um, I don't remember claiming that it was either secret OR a conspiracy.


You claimed that the Golfs exported to the USA and rebadged as Rabbits had (a) been heavily tuned down and (b) been deliberately modified to make the engine blow up at 100mph.

There`s no record of that happening, so if it happened it would have to be a secret conspiracy.

I wouldn`t be surprised if the mechanic you know had to fix several with knackered engines. The official top speed of the base model exported to the USA was 93mph. Anyone who got 100mph out of one was thrashing the hell out of it, revving over what the engine was rated for.

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 11255 Posts
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 4:31:14 PM
Nice video! 9.9 in a Golf, who knew?


I'm childishly amused by cars modified for a huge increase in power without significant changes in appearance, so I go looking for them. I can also appreciate the engineering involved, but its main appeal is to the ~10 year old me who`s still sort of a part of me. Powerful cars are toys, so it`s right and proper that they appeal to the gleeful exuberance of a child pointing and exclaiming "WOW!"

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 24392 Posts
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 12:15:52 PM
Nice video! 9.9 in a Golf, who knew?

I completely agree with engine design related to RPMs. My Kawasaki KH400 two-stroke has a "power band" between 4500 and 5500 rpm. (apx) You hit 4500 and HANG ON TIGHT because it launches like a rocket!

Putting 22 gears in a car would weigh a lot, and people wouldn't be happy shifting every 2 seconds in city traffic, eh? Folks complain about 5-speeds!

Anyhow, I learned stuff! Thanks @Angilion!

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 24392 Posts
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 12:10:24 PM
secret conspiracy

Um, I don't remember claiming that it was either secret OR a conspiracy. The VW dealers at the time warned owners of the 100 MPH thing, up front! He fixed several exploded engines back then, he said. To avoid it, you had to buy that model from Germany and ship it back privately, which some people did.

idk if it was "exactly 100mph" might have been 90... or certain RPMS.

And the whole car didn`t "explode" like a Ford Pinot! lolz! The engine`s crankshaft? Camshaft? Whichever the Rabbit had, would break because one or two pistons would suddenly lose compression (notches) and SNAP! No more motor.

You`re right about the GTI not the plain-jane Rabbit. It came out in 76 so the time period is correct (as far as my memory is concerned, lolz!).



Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 11255 Posts
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 12:56:15 AM
Here's a Golf Mk1 that could fly down the autobahn, but it has been "slightly" modified since it was made:

More power, less weight and MORE POWER!

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