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Unread 01-15-2016, 04:01 AM   #1
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Default Ford focus 1.0 ecoboost 125PS vs Toyota Yaris rs 1.5 sport

Hello everyone,

I was having an argument with some friends about which car would be faster than the two of them.

I believe that focus being turbocharged can have a better acceleration and thus being faster than yaris rs even if it's meant to be a sport car and lighter.

What are your thoughts ?

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Hello everyone,

I was having an argument with some friends about which car would be faster than the two of them.

I believe that focus being turbocharged can have a better acceleration and thus being faster than yaris rs even if it's meant to be a sport car and lighter.

What are your thoughts ?
Whichever has the higher power to weight ratio.
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Just to elaborate on that, lowering weight usually defeats more power, unless the added power is monumental.

One of Colin Chapman's adages are: "Adding power makes you faster on the straights. Subtracting weight makes you faster everywhere."

I think this adage can be enhanced further, because adding power usually only makes you noticably faster in the peak of the power curve, whereas reducing weight makes you considerably faster through the entire rev range.

Adding to that the effects on braking, transient performance and steady-state cornering, increases the dividends to be had with a lighter car, because life isn't a drag race and a better handling and gripping car will usually beat a more powerful one.

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