‘How fast is your car?’ is a drag race interactive we’ve devised to pit two cars against each other in a bid to reach 60 miles per hour before it’s opponent in the quickest possible time from a standing start. Pointless? Possibly. But the 0 to 60 time raises some interesting questions…Why do we care about 0 to 60?
Whenever you read a review of a car, whether brand new or classic, you’re likely to see the 0-60mph time advertised quite prominently at the very top or in a side fact file. And it is impressive; the fact that a 1.7-ton Jaguar F-Type SVR can reach 60 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds is about the coolest nugget of information that any petrol head can wrap their head around. Once you’ve checked this time, you normally then see the horsepower rating, followed by torque, top speed and then (hopefully) and clear and comprehensive review of how the car feels to drive.
Does it really matter?
When was the last time you floored it from a standstill to 60 miles per hour? I’d wager most cars are never tested in the real world to reach that speed in such a dizzying time. Whether joining a motorway, leaving your drive or pressing on the accelerator when the light goes green. It simply isn’t safe, and in most cases not even legal.
It’s not even entirely relevant on track, while a flying start will give you an edge on your rivals, it is grip during cornering and acceleration while moving that’ll help you to the finish line first. The same can be said for the real world, and maybe an acceleration figure from 20 to 60 would be more interesting. That figure on acceleration from a rolling figure could then be used for imagining how you’d overtake slow-moving vehicles, or changing lanes effectively on a motorway.
So why bother list 0-60 time?
It’s fun! And allows us to do drag race interactives like the one on this page, and real world drag races on TV car shows are fun to watch.