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Old 06-07-2017, 07:18 AM
Novelty Bobble Novelty Bobble is offline
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Originally Posted by LSLGuy View Post
There's a joking saying in racing that the ideal racecar disassociates into a cloud of dust a couple feet past the finish line. Any greater durability is wasted weight you can't afford.
There's more than a hint of truth in that. The classic Lotus 49 (still the most beautiful racing car IMHO) was always on the ragged edge of survival due to Chapman's innovative brilliance and mantra of "add lightness"

and the turbo era cars of the mid-80's were insane. The tiny 1500cc engines were boosted in qualifying trim to 1300+ bhp and all they'd be looking to do is run a few laps in order to secure pole and then replace and rebuild. Any more than half a dozen laps in quali trim and they went boom (and often did so anyway)