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Old 01-23-2013, 09:08 AM   #44
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Believe what you want, but in my 8 years of racing and instructing, motorcycles are SLOW around a track.

Regardless, an N/A Focus with ~200 whp would be an absolute riot to drive. Having driven 1000+hp cars, nothing will ever compare to the powerband of a proper N/A setup. Boost onset and keeping the boost up requires lots of computer tricks and gratuitous use of left foot braking. For reference, going from 75whp (n/a) to 200whp (turbo) in my Miata netted me less than 2 seconds on a 1:3x course. Corner exits were a nightmare because of the power oversteer, full boost came on as the next braking zone was coming up, and overall made the car slower in the turns, but the car ate up straights like crazy.
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