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Old 28-06-2014   #46
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Re: How fast can your Bravo go on a quiet road

Just for the record - I'm starting to hate speed related threads because they just cause arguments.

And I can't help myself but argue/ debate. I'm very much adverse to speed unless it's in a safer, more appropriate environment - like a track day etc...
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On the "Laws of Physics", in a collision, it's the dissipation of KINETIC ENERGY that causes the damage. KE increases according to the square of the speed, i.e. at 60mph, your KE is 4 times that at 30mph, at 120mph its 16 times. If you brake from 120 to 0 you dissipate as much energy as that Focus hitting the concrete block. If two Focuses ( Foci ? ) hit head on at equal speeds, the energy of the collision should be shared equally between them so the result would be the same as one hitting the concrete block.
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There's a time and place for everything really. It's not like people stick to 70mph on dual carriageways and motorways.

I was skint one month so I was trying to conserve fuel so was sticking to 70mph and the only thing I overtook was a couple of lorries and a caravan! Everyone else was wizzing past!

The way I see speed limits were setup when cars were absolutely crap. Drum brakes made from melted down milk bottle tops, fall to bits and shudder when they hit 70 (If you could even reach 70!).

It's about time they reviewed the limit on the motorway IMO.
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I can't comment about the science aspect but having been involved in a head on collision on a dual carriageway I can tell you it hurts. That oddly enough was in my first (of many) Fiats, a Brava to be precise.

Somehow a Peugeot 205 driver got confused on an entrance to a dual carriageway and decided to stay by the central barrier on the wrong side - as I'm accelerating up the hill I'm overtaking into that lane (obviously as I have 2 lanes to use). For a split second I saw a woman waving her arms in a car that was coming straight at me and the next second we are all stopped and my air bags had been deployed.

Sadly there was a baby in the back seat but somehow it got carried away without any injuries. The only one who got taken to hospital was me - had fractured my nose and done something odd to my elbow. Whiplash came on the next day or so.

Think I was doing about 45 and the other car about 30.

Turned out the driver was a local person so should have known the road layout. He ended up being fined and sent on a driver awareness course. I on the other hand had to drive a Metro for a year until the injury claim was settled and then I bought my first Bravo (1.8 hlx in zenith blue).

I think regardless or speed limits, people still do stupid things and all the while they do, allowing them to go faster would only increase the chances of a fatality.
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Re: How fast can your Bravo go on a quiet road

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There's a time and place for everything really. It's not like people stick to 70mph on dual carriageways and motorways.

I was skint one month so I was trying to conserve fuel so was sticking to 70mph and the only thing I overtook was a couple of lorries and a caravan! Everyone else was wizzing past!

The way I see speed limits were setup when cars were absolutely crap. Drum brakes made from melted down milk bottle tops, fall to bits and shudder when they hit 70 (If you could even reach 70!).

It's about time they reviewed the limit on the motorway IMO.
indeed its the closing speeds that are the problems on motorways

i drive 10k a year on motorways on business and unless i am pushing along at 85 i am at risk. i feel safer being among the fastest cars than among the slowest.
if you try to stick to the limit you get hassled and boxed in which is particularly hazardous when a truck or white van pulls out on you.
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My Bravo 2.0 multijet 121kw/163hp(ps) goes 240km/h max
I'm going to remap it to 200hp and see how much more can it goes, but I think horse power and speed are not relatable, it is more rpm of motor and speed im connection
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My 165 has a chip box and gets down the road well. I no longer feel the need to nail it everywhere and am happy to drive smoothly and at a pace that feels comfortable.
Nothing worse than when you get some plonker behind with about a fag paper between the bumpers. Occasionally under those circumstances I will give it some right foot, leaving a satisfying fog of black smoke and when it clears... there I am, a speck in the distance. Then just drop it back on to the cruise control. When they finally catch up I just let them pass so they can continue to get **** MPG. #nothingtoprove
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My Bravo has gone from 1:41.4 to 1:24.8 around the half mile circuit at Blyton Park.

Top speed at the end of the straight of 84mph.

Nowhere near what the old girl can do but still a great day, every day we're there.
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Doing this...


...is a damn sight better on a track than any road.
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