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Contrary to what you might think, simply adding more power to a car to try to increase its 0-60mph time won't necessarily work in most cases. This is because, at some point, grip becomes more important than horsepower.

In production cars, the 0-60mph time is largely determined by the types of tyres installed on the car, and road tyres favour durability, longevity and reliability over performance grip. Road tyres are a hard compound and have hundreds of grooves to increase traction in wet conditions, as well as to remain unscathed on damaged road surfaces.

All of these factors drastically kill the 0-60mph time of a production car. However, if one were to install drag racing soft compound tyres onto a performance production car, the 0-60mph time would drastically improve if tested on a grippy drag strip in perfect weather conditions. But, still, the 0-60mph time usually hovers around the 3.5 to 4-second mark in top performance cars.

Only recently have production cars been able to break that record. This is largely thanks to electric vehicles which have the instant torque factor at their disposal, as well as torque vectoring, which allows the onboard computer to calculate how much torque is sent to each axel to perfect grip off the line.

Take a look at the video below by the YouTube channel, Cars Insider, on Why Going 0-60 MPH In Under 2 Seconds Is Almost Impossible.

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