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Faster than 90% of vehicles on the road by Boostdreamer
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What is the cheapest path to having a daily driver that you could claim to be faster, quicker, better brakes and better handling than 90% of vehicles on the road?

What would those performance goal numbers look like? 0 to 60? 0 to 100 to 0? Skid pad G's? Top speed?

Could you build a Fiero to be such a car and maintain daily driver reliability? If not, what car would you start with? Maybe it would be cheaper to just go buy a used Corvette or something else off the shelf? No matter how much money you put into a car, there will always be one faster. If not now, you will lose that crown eventually so why fight it? Getting in the top 10% is good enough for me!

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Nissan GTR ,Fiero no way possible.
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assuming you can wrench yourself

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3800 S/C Swap
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Grand am Brake Upgrade
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= What I think your asking for

with only a 3800 swap my Fiero is faster in a straight line than 90% of the cars on the road, if I put just a little effort into the suspension it would be alot more competent

as far as $$$ A used 98-02 TransAm around here is $8000-12000 for a good example, C5 Vette's go Up from there.

Click on my build thread I have about $4,000 tied up in my car, but I did all the wrenching myself, and if I did a rotor & pad upgrade, lowering springs, solid cradle bushings, move the front swaybar to the rear, upgrade the front sway bar, do Polly bushings, shocks and a decent set of tires (quality tire not just big & fat) then the car would be amazing. even @ Fiero store prices thats about $3,000 so $8,000-$9,000 for a sweet @$$ Fiero that's where My money is at.

I guess it depends of weather or not your better @ filling out loan papers or turning wrenches


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What would those performance goal numbers look like? 0 to 60? 0 to 100 to 0? Skid pad G's? Top speed?
all I know about mine is she does 0-105mph in 12.8sec


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Originally posted by Boogaloo:

Nissan GTR ,Fiero no way possible.


While I don't think a Fiero will EVER out do a New GT-R I do think a $10k Fiero done well will still be in the GT-R's rear view mirror in nearly any occasion

whats a used GTR cost anyway? $60K-$70K and new ones are about $100K I'd rather have a C6 ZR1 for that kind of cash



Edit: I was thinking about it.. Cost to Performance ratio considered, it's hard to beat the 03-04 Cobras. they can be had in the $10,000-20,000 range run 11's in the 1/4 top out over 170mph, Stop, Turn and have cold A/C, power windows, locks & the Speedometer goes up faster than the Tach LOL

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Originally posted by Boostdreamer:

What is the cheapest path to having a daily driver that you could claim to be faster, quicker, better brakes and better handling than 90% of vehicles on the road?




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I too have a 3800SC with a 5 speed.
When I drove her for a week before starting the 2nd phase.
And I would have to agree that she is faster in the straight than 90% of the vehicles on the road!
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It's cheaper to not log on. Just make the claim by word of mouth.
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GTR

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwQnWxN9_qw


Whats the point? Ok the GTR won that's cool, the fiero dislocated the GoPro and that's hard to do. both of those cars are in the top 10%

there are ALOT fo cars on the road, whats the average 0-60, 0-100, 1/4 time & skid pad G's of all of them? i bet 3800 Fiero's are right there @ the 10% mark and for the money the only real competetion for the Fiero is a early 90's hatchback civic or Notchback Fox Mustang
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does Car & Driver or MotorTrend keep track of there test averages? I would be cool to see the world wide average of all the cars that the major magazines tests.

You know I bet for every 11.0 sec lambo gilardo there's a 19 sec Nissan Versa for every 1.04G Zr1 thers a .87g corolla that would be cool to see.
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If you want to take the time to compile all the data in a spreadsheet, this website has almost all the 0-60 and 1/4 mile by mfg, model and year:
http://www.zeroto60times.co...-0-60-mph-Times.html

You would still need production numbers for each model/year and then assume a loss rate per year of age to get a SWAG at the average performance numbers to back into the 90% mark. If you just looked at the data for the last 5 years, my guess is the 90% mark will be in the 13-14 second 1/4 mile with all the trucks, crossover SUV's, and midsize sedans being the dominant sellers. Sure there are some 11 second cars right off the show room floor, but they won't move the needle much due to their production numbers being very low compared to the much slower/more common vehicles.

My Fiero is likely above the 90% range as well and I have about $8K in it. Future upgrades to the wheels/tires/rear struts will help push the performance envelope even further.

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Originally posted by fieroguru:
My Fiero is likely above the 90% range as well and I have about $8K in it. Future upgrades to the wheels/tires/rear struts will help push the performance envelope even further.


Heck. A stock 88 Fiero Formula is probably close to having better performance than 90% of the cars on the road. Not 90% of cars at a show where enthusiasts with fast cars take them to show off, of course. But people tend to forget just how many incredibly slow and poor handling vehicles, exist and are on the road.

In 2009, in the US, there were over 254 million registered passenger vehicles. Today, it's probably closer to 270 million. Being in the top 10% means being one of 27 million cars on the road. That's a lot of cars. If you gathered full range of performance measurements for them, and graphed them all, You'd see a very small number at the top of the curve, as extremely high performance vehicles, and then a fairly sharp drop down to the range of the other 90% that would end up as a relatively flat line all the way to the end of the spectrum.

Very high performance production cars exist, but they're also quite expensive, quite rare, and there just aren't that many out there. There are less than 10,000 USDM GT-Rs total, from 2008-2014 model years. That's 0.0037% of registered cars in the country.

So if you want to be in the top 10% of fast cars in the US, just buy a moderately fast car, and you'll be there.
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a car is just a car. It is not a penis extension or ego boost. Being faster than the next guy really means nothing..

Enjoy it, instead of obsessing over 'beating' someone else


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Originally posted by cam-a-lot:

a car is just a car. It is not a penis extension or ego boost. Being faster than the next guy really means nothing..

Enjoy it, instead of obsessing over 'beating' someone else



I'm not sure about you but I'm actually quite content with the size of my penis.

And if someone enjoys performance and racing, who are you to liken it to some form of compensation?

Like you said, they should be able to enjoy it.

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I'm still kicking around the idea of selling all my Fiero stuff and picking up a Porsche 997 GT2. I found a 2008 that is in my budget.....but I think I still want to keep one of my Fieros though.
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You want the best performance for the money car in the world the new Stingray is your car. Here is why.

The car will lap faster than nearly any car out there and almost as fast as the F12 Ferrari the best road car they have ever done for daily use.

It has a full warranty.

It is fully sorted out and not only has great lap numbers but is sorted to the point an average driver can be race car fast.

It has the best MPG of nearly any performance car

If something breaks you can visit any Chevy dealer and they can repair it

You can get into other cars but they are not as inexpensive or as well sorted and too often their numbers are not as good on the track nor is their at limit behavior.

I know you can do a lot with a Fiero but few people have the ability to sort the car out properly to where it has as good limits as the Stingray. Second it would not be cheap to do it right. If you break it you have to take it home and fix it yourself.

The reality is the Fiero even the 88 while a fun handling car it is not even close to the modern day performance cars we have today. You can tweak it and make it better but even then it can not compare to the cars today that use the Magnetic suspensions of today.

Just read the new Motor Trend where they compare the Stingray to the new Ferrari and 911 and you can see for the money nothing comes close. At $56K there is no car that delivers all these parameters and dynamic to this level. Others will soon match this and sports cars in general are just going to improve.

As for the GTR it is just getting too expensive to fit the best bang for the buck and in that price range there are even better cars.

I can take any old car and make it challenge any new car but to get it as well sorted and tuned right it will cost more. Case in point the 60's Camaro's Mark Steilow builds for the run and gun like contest for Hot Rod Magazines. His Camaro's can out gun the best cars in the world but to do it right and reliable his cars will have 6 figures invested in them. That last little bit about handing refinement at the limit is where cost climbs and why cars like the new Stingray stand out. Even some of the best factory cars never get the at limit right. The Vette did not for years.
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Originally posted by dobey:

Not 90% of cars at a show where enthusiasts with fast cars take them to show off, of course.



Yeah, I took the LS4/F40 car to the LS Fest and its 382 whp was likely in the bottom 25% of the cars there. Same for the 1/4 mile times, but I did fair slightly better on the autocross (but still in the bottom 50%), beating many stock late model cars, but did get smoked by the purpose built auto-x cars. The important thing to me is my times in all events continued to improve as I got more practice, and I learned quite a bit about the car and identified some tweaks to make it better..

For me, its just a learning exercise that challenges my skill sets with the goal of building a well balanced, high performing Fiero that remains docile enough so I can drive to work every day

I have 8000 miles on the swap since finishing it earlier this year, so it looks like it is living up to its daily driver requirement.

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Originally posted by skuzzbomer:

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I sold one. That's really what got me thinking. I used to be in that catagory with my Vmax but now, with my GT, I'm definately not.

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Keep in mind that sporty cars are a small portion of total vehicle numbers. Taking that into consideration, just about any sporty car should put you at or near the top 10%, by default. So take your pick.

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Mazda Speed 3? A friend of mine bought a 2012. Brand new. Factory warranty. Fully loaded. $24,500. 300whp on pump gas. Light. Handles well. And you've got the functionality of a hatchback.
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The best and cheapest car that you can have would be the c7 corvette. Wait till next year and buy a used one with 1000 miles on it would be the best deal.
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Heck. A stock 88 Fiero Formula is probably close to having better performance than 90% of the cars on the road. Not 90% of cars at a show where enthusiasts with fast cars take them to show off, of course. But people tend to forget just how many incredibly slow and poor handling vehicles, exist and are on the road.

In 2009, in the US, there were over 254 million registered passenger vehicles. Today, it's probably closer to 270 million. Being in the top 10% means being one of 27 million cars on the road. That's a lot of cars. If you gathered full range of performance measurements for them, and graphed them all, You'd see a very small number at the top of the curve, as extremely high performance vehicles, and then a fairly sharp drop down to the range of the other 90% that would end up as a relatively flat line all the way to the end of the spectrum.

Very high performance production cars exist, but they're also quite expensive, quite rare, and there just aren't that many out there. There are less than 10,000 USDM GT-Rs total, from 2008-2014 model years. That's 0.0037% of registered cars in the country.

So if you want to be in the top 10% of fast cars in the US, just buy a moderately fast car, and you'll be there.

This. The slowest 90% of the cars on the road probably don't include ANY performance cars, if you are counting 90% of all the cars in use on the roads. Not 90% of the different models. Most vehicles on the road are pickups, minivans, and SUV's. My Formula is faster than 90% of those.

Also, how fast do you want to go? In motorcycling, there is a saying that goes, "It's better to ride a slow bike fast, than a fast bike slow." The concept is that if you're on something like 1000cc superbike, 10% of its performance will take you to go-to-jail speeds. So you have to putt around at just above idle. A Ninja 250, however, can be thrashed around much more before getting to those speeds. Driving a 500hp car would result in a similar situation. My Formula, I admit, won't win may acceleration contests*, but it will already corner at stupid speeds. A super high performance car (or motorcycle) is boring until you get to stupid speeds. I like my Formula because it's entertaining at less than go-to-jail speeds.

* It doesn't have that much power, but the fact that it's a manual makes it FEEL more responsive than an auto-tranny vehicle with twice the power. Our family vehicle is a Lexus RX330, with about double the power of my Formula. But my Formula is still more capable of passing slow traffic.
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Originally posted by 1fast2m4:


While I don't think a Fiero will EVER out do a New GT-R I do think a $10k Fiero done well will still be in the GT-R's rear view mirror in nearly any occasion




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItEJ2GQsTU8

That was a GTR with $10k in mods...

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What if the goal was changed to top ten percent of different models of cars and motorcycles made on an assembly line? This would eliminate hand built and modified machines. It would also eliminate the need to account for large production numbers of economy cars.

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So just considering off the shelf performance cars, so we would be talking about new cars and decent used ones less than 2-3 years old?

I just rattle off as many as I can


Hennesy Venom
Lamborgini Aventador
Skyline GTR
Ferrairi 458
Porsche 911 GT3rs
C6 Vette (Zr1)
SRT Viper
Camaro ZL1
C6 Vette (Zo6)
Boss 302 Mustang
Shelby Mustang (GT500 / KR / SS)
Audi R8 (4.2 & 5.2) & Lamborgini Galardo
Audi S6 5.2
C7 Corvette ( no Zo6 / Zr1 yet)
Aston martin DB9
Cadillac CTS-V
Challenger/ Charger SRT8
C63 AMG
BMW M3
Audi S4
From here down they might not win a drag race but they knock the Fun -to- $$$ ratio out of the park

Liter Bikes
STi
EVO
Camaro SS
600cc Bikes
Mustang 5.0
Nissan 370z
Mazda RX-8
VW GTi
BMW 135i
Scion FR-S / Subaru BR-Z
Mazdaspeed 3
Hot Rod Fiero (Duh)

Older cars that the price is getting good on
03-04 Cobra
C5 Corvette
98-02 F-body
04+ GTO
I'm sure I missed something but no matter which way you cut it that's one hell of a list to be on.

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For bang-for-the-buck, it would be hard to beat a C5 Vette. You can get one for under $20K these days. It's not faster than 90% of the performance cars built today, but I'll bet it's EASILY faster than 90% of performance cars over the last 20 years.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItEJ2GQsTU8

That was a GTR with $10k in mods...



Hard to tell in that video. Was it the Fiero winning? So you're saying a turbo 3800 Fiero beat a GT/R that has been upgraded with $10K worth of mods? That sounds like it has made it into the accelleration segment of the contest for sure! Also sounds cheaper than a C5 Corvette or a Cobra Mustang.

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Originally posted by Boostdreamer:
What if the goal was changed to top ten percent of different models of cars and motorcycles made on an assembly line? This would eliminate hand built and modified machines. It would also eliminate the need to account for large production numbers of economy cars.

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If you're going to include bikes, then looking at cars is a waste of time. Just go buy a used Hayabusa or something, with a few mods. It'll weigh less than 1/4 as much as the Fiero does, can manoeuvre much better than any car will, and will get much better gas mileage than any car you'd be looking at.

Speed, Comfort, or Price. Pick two. Because you're going to have to compromise with one of them.

If it has to be a Fiero, then find a nice clean 88 GT, throw a turbo 3800 in it, and call it a day.

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Originally posted by Boostdreamer:


Hard to tell in that video. Was it the Fiero winning? So you're saying a turbo 3800 Fiero beat a GT/R that has been upgraded with $10K worth of mods? That sounds like it has made it into the accelleration segment of the contest for sure! Also sounds cheaper than a C5 Corvette or a Cobra Mustang.

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The Fiero beat the GTR 2 out of 3 times.
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The Fiero beat the GTR 2 out of 3 times.


In the video, the Fiero SPANKED the GTR. It looked more like driver error or lack of commitment on the GTR's part. Especially if the GTR was able to beat the Fiero once. Makes you wonder what it is really capable of.

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Since 90% of vehicles are mini vans, trucks, and civics... I'm pretty sure a stock fiero gt is in the 90 percentile already. Add a v8 or turbo, or both if you want to beat the street.

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Originally posted by Custom2M4:

Since 90% of vehicles are mini vans, trucks, and civics... I'm pretty sure a stock fiero gt is in the 90 percentile already.



I'll respectfully disagree with that. My 87 V6 5-speed wasn't faster than my friend's new Dodge Neon back in 2010. I have never forgotten that. Our cars with the 2.8 V6 were rated at 140 horsepower when new if I'm not mistaken. Now add 25 years of service. Also, at 2700 pounds, it was not a featherweight. I think 140 hp is a low figure for modern cars. I think my wife's Honda Pilot is also quicker than my GT. Prolly has a higher top speed and better brakes for sure. And it feels more stable at high speeds than the GT. The GT will take curves and corners better than the Pilot, though. It is kinda like Pac Man. Faster in the corners but will get eaten on a straightaway.

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I'll respectfully disagree with that. My 87 V6 5-speed wasn't faster than my friend's new Dodge Neon back in 2010. I have never forgotten that. Our cars with the 2.8 V6 were rated at 140 horsepower when new if I'm not mistaken. Now add 25 years of service. Also, at 2700 pounds, it was not a featherweight. I think 140 hp is a low figure for modern cars.


A 2010 Neon? SRT? Yeah, it might be faster than a Fiero off the line. But that doesn't mean the Fiero isn't already faster than 90% of the cars on the road. 2700 lbs with 170 lb-ft of torque isn't exactly slow. Hell, the Fiero wins by default, just because 90% of the people on the road, don't even know how to drive properly.

Why are you comparing crank HP ratings? Are you asking about faster than 90% of the cars? Or more HP than 90% of the cars? 140 HP also isn't a low figure for modern cars. Chevy Cruze is ~138 HP and about 2900 lbs. Sonic is about the same HP, and a bit lighter. Not sure how much the Spark has, but probably around the same. Honda Fit is right around there as well, as is the Civic and CRZ. Plenty of other small cars are equally as unpowerful. Corvettes and GTRs aren't the 90%.

If you want to compare acceleration, you're going to have to look at a lot more than just HP and weight, though. You need to compare torque curves, gear ratios including final drive and tire size, and weight, at least.
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Originally posted by Boostdreamer:


In the video, the Fiero SPANKED the GTR. It looked more like driver error or lack of commitment on the GTR's part. Especially if the GTR was able to beat the Fiero once. Makes you wonder what it is really capable of.

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Gtrs are usually mid to high 7 seconds in the 1/8th, my car is low 7s and high 6s. He is probably similar to mine in the 1/8th with his mods ( 10k doesn't get you much for a gtr). He was spinning when his turbo spooled and I wasn't. When he won the 3rd race it was because he turned down the boost in 1st and 2nd.


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A lot of newer cars feel faster because of throttle responses. I have a 320hp Nissan Titan, with a lot of balls.. But out of the whole I doubt I'd beat a low mileage well kept 85 gt 4spd. Now if you were talking highway speeds, then no comparison.
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