Silly Speed: What if production cars continue to get faster at the same rate?

Jake MORRIS

Abstract


This paper aims to quantify the trend of the top speed of production cars and extrapolate this information to make predictions of possible speeds in the future. The trend obtained predicts that production cars will be able to break the sound barrier in the year 2253, and taken to the greatest extreme predicts light speed capable production cars in the year 310493610. The paper will aim to discuss why this prediction is unrealistic, but also entertain the idea of it being true, by estimating the power output of these hypothetical cars. The power output of a supersonic production car was calculated to be 20486.9 horsepower.


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