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View Poll Results: Horsepower
100hp 12 2.53%
150hp 62 13.08%
200hp 204 43.04%
250hp 140 29.54%
300hp 32 6.75%
350hp 24 5.06%
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Old 02-17-2006, 06:52 AM   #1
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How much horsepower is needed to keep up with more than average range of cars?

I know that you can never have enough horsepower.

For example: One would want to have a car that is a dialy driver and can pull away from 70% of the cars on the road.

How much horsepower is enough for a daily driver that you can have fun with?


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Old 02-17-2006, 07:31 AM   #2
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Very difficult question.....my thoughts are that for a Focus 200 WHP is all the fun that one would need for the street.
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Old 02-17-2006, 07:47 AM   #3
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I would say 150-200 is a fun daily driver.
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Old 02-17-2006, 07:54 AM   #4
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well, i assume you arent talking whp, so i chose 250. honestly thogh 200hp would easily be enough in any focus to pass up 70% of the cars on the road. anywhere you drive the majority of cars are domestic/import econoboxes or suv's and pickup trucks. while a 15 or 15.5 second 1/4 mile car may not seem fast to performance junkies such as ourselves when we compare to the rest of the performance cars these days that are a little more expensive (which is why we don't have them), but can run 14-14.5 second quarter miles stock(i.e-honda s2000, mitsi evo, subie wrx, new eclipse gt, 350z,etc, etc, etc)... you fail to realize how SLOW a NORMAL person's car really is, and how few of these real performance cars there are out there compared to the general mass's cars #'s.

EXAMPLE: in my town of 11,000 people there are some very, very nice performance and exotic cars that i see driving around. some passing through on the main hwy or on vacation, some owned buy doctors, etc. who can afford them, some retired old people who have nothing better to do with their nest egg than get a s2000 that revs to 9000rpms so they can go get groceries in it and go have coffee with their buddies that worked on the railroad with them 65 friggen years ago (if this sounds like jealousy, it is... sadly enough i've seen this very example in my town), the poor thing has probably never seen 60mph...

then theres the 20-45 (or so) age group of people that love, eat, breathe, and sh!t cars and have the closest thing to what they want that they can afford. I'll include myself in this category. we go to work everyday, sometimes to two jobs just to afford our cars... sometimes you even get yourself WAAAAAAAYYYYY into debt on go fast goods so you can show the latter category what they should be using their cars for... or you just like to go fast.
we drive cheap v8 rwd muscle cars from the last couple of decades of performance "history", modded imports, modded trucks (mostly hillbillies), etc., etc. you get the picture, if we can get it cheap and make it faster, its all good. anything to make the pain of not being able to work on a car and make it faster go away.
now that i have the exceptions out of the way, you have the OTHER 9,500 people that think a pontiac grand prix is a sports car... how bout a dodge stratus r/t(round/turd?)... or an Alero? if you've ever heard someone claim a run at 15 seconds in an alero, tell him you'll go get your mom's sebring and he can friggen bring it!

so, in my town you could walk all over almost anyone with a 14 second car. thats a svt with a jrsc (200WHP). thats why i chose 250hp. sorry for the long babble babble blah, but that all shot into my head when i voted, so i though i'd share. thanks for reading.
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Old 02-17-2006, 08:12 AM   #5
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I think 150-200 at the wheels would def put you in a good company.
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Old 02-17-2006, 08:14 AM   #6
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I would guess around 200-230. With the weight of the focus you should be able to run with the stock SRT-4, while totaly blowing the doors off any civic, older integra, or non turbo eclipse (im speeking if they are stock)... forget the EVOs and STIs!!!! You might have a problem with the type S acura too!!
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100 or less. Of course, that's when you add driving skill and twisty roads to the mix. I'll never forget getting walloped at my first autox by a ratty Buick.

Another guy who went to Road Racing before I arrived always drove a stock class diesel Rabbit (maybe 75bhp), and would absolutely whoop the living crap out of people.

I really don't think you need HP to have fun, and hordes of British Roadster / Miata / Lotus / Beetle / 914 guys would agree I think...
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yeah, I'm gonna go with 250 too....especially in our lil cars
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On a focus, I would be more than happy with about 250 crank horsepower. If I had a mustang or corvette, being heavier, fatter tires and a wide 6 spd or 5 spd I would prefer closer to 400 bhp. Then again, that is a sports car and that isn't unheard of. You can easily slap a supercharger on your vette have 400 bhp and drive it every day and probably still get 25 highway milage. So horsepower depends on the car I guess.
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100 or less. Of course, that's when you add driving skill and twisty roads to the mix. I'll never forget getting walloped at my first autox by a ratty Buick.

Another guy who went to Road Racing before I arrived always drove a stock class diesel Rabbit (maybe 75bhp), and would absolutely whoop the living crap out of people.

I really don't think you need HP to have fun, and hordes of British Roadster / Miata / Lotus / Beetle / 914 guys would agree I think...
I think the question of the poll was street drags and not autox, although you make a valid point.
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