Supercar makers have continued to refine their engineering and design dynamics over the years, in an effort to push the envelope on acceleration times. Even some of the larger, heavier vehicles have seen their road performance increase considerably over the years. Take the Jeep Grand Cherokee for example, who would have thought that a near-5,300 Jeep could be supercharged to do 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds?!
OK, so the Jeep Trackhawk isn’t a supercar, but you get my point. We’ve come a long way over the years. Another worthy illustration of my point is Porsche’s Boxter, the 2007 model managed 0-60 in 4.9 seconds while in just 10 years it did it in 4.1 seconds. One-eighth of a second may seem small, but I assure you it’s quite a feat.
So what exactly makes these cars go faster and faster every few years? There are many factors that contribute to high performance, but arguably the most important thing is how these factors work together. For example, swapping mechanical components with electrical is less taxing on the fuel source, sending more power to the wheels. However if those fancier components weigh too much, it’s a pointless exercise. Another big contributor to performance has been the improvement of turbo and superchargers, with respect to air intake. Vehicle design, reduced drag coefficients, and upgraded fuel systems also help get you over the finish line much faster than the competition.
More and more cars are breaking records, pulling back 0-60 lap times from historical “highs” of 5-6 seconds to all-time “lows” of 3-4 seconds. Here’s a list of stock cars that will do the 0-60 sprint in under 4 seconds!
ROSSION Q1 (2.8 S)
Bet you didn’t know that Riviera Beach, Florida produces more than waves and beautiful sandy beaches. In fact, they manufactured a real gem of a car in the Roisson Q1, a real American-made mid-engine sports coupe, just over a decade ago. While the exterior design is far from your typical American sports car, what’s under the hood is pure American muscle.
The Q1 uses a Ford Duratec twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6, generating 508-hp and 521 lb-ft of torque. It will do 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds. Part of the reason it achieves this formidable feat is all carbon-kevlar body and large intakes, improving airflow.