Acknowledge the no-traffic and quality of vehicle in consideration.
Severe chastizing but only written warning.
A ticket, but written for under 20 over due to circumstance.
Write a ticket for over 20 mph but under 100 mph
Write a ticket forthe full 170 mph
A huge $$ fine
Permanently seize car and forfeture it.
Suspend driver's license for 1 year
Suspend driver's license for years.
The big "con" manufacturers are pulling is always speaking of "horsepower" of their cars, which for new cars just keeps going up, up, up. Sounds impressive. But there are a few things they aren't telling you.
1. That is motor horsepower.
2. That is with the computer set in "dyno mode," not how it is set up to drive. The computer is limiting horsepower and torque.
3. Most significantly, they don't breathe a word about "torque." Horsepower certainly is about all that matters in a 950 pound F1 race car with the aerodynamics of a jet fighter. But for 3000+ pound street cars it is TORQUE.
Back in the muscle car era, sometimes tests were done such as the L68 high torque, lower horsepower GM 427 versus the high rpm L88. For heavier cars, the L68 was faster.
It takes TORQUE to move weight. While maximum dyno horsepower of cars is going up rapidly, that is only if computer limitations are turned off and does not account for the lower torque of smaller motors.
Big displacement motors have one inherent advantage - they make more torque. It is torque that moves weight.
The advantage of "pony cars" (Challenger, Mustang, Camero) is those basic motors have been built for years and years and by the millions. The same for a Vette motor of course. They also are relatively "crude" designs easy to modify with a layout suited for it. Accordingly, there are the most performance modification parts and at the lowest prices for them. American made V8s always win the benefits-for-the-dollar performance upgrading contest.
But it was pro built chassis using all Chassis Engineering products. Tuned the suspension for track conditions every night at the track. Never just unloaded and started making passes.
I also know guys that "build race cars" for a living that I wouldnt let change the spark plugs in my mower. In fact the only person I knew up in that area that I would trust was Leo Barnaby. But he died couple years ago. I think his brother is still building cars.
I hear all the time on Yellow Bullet about guys that send their cars to "chassis jail" and a year later get back junk that needs to be all cut out and redone.
Cars that cant pass inspection, welds that dont go all the way around the tubing, sub standard steel, cars that were built on ply wood and cinder blocks.
Mine was built on a frame jig. I was there for every step and because the shop owner is a friend of mine, I was elbow deep in it every inch of the way.
I would never just drop a car off and say call me when its done. Those are the guys that get cars that dont go straight, wont hook and dont know how to adjust their suspensions at the track.
Not bashing your buddy, but wrecking your car twice tells me there is some serious driver error going on in thier driver skill or builder skill.
However, for Vettes the real BANG FOR THE BUCK deal is used late model Z06s.
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The car gets loose and they lift, the suspension unloads, but they nail the throttle thinking "hey its straightend up" break the tires loose rear wants to come around, they correct and the front gets pushed into the wall.
Aborting a run must become second nature in drag racing if something goes wrong. I have seen very few guys able to pedal a car just right to keep it going.