Sprint test – Jaguar, Ariel, Radical in addition to more take on our 0-0-0 challenge
Source : Sprint test – Jaguar, Ariel, Radical in addition to more take on our 0-0-0 challenge
No fight is usually straighter than This specific, in two senses: standstill to 120mph in addition to back to a standstill as fast as possible. Supercars, lightweights, coupés in addition to even a hot hatch battle to be quickest
The Ariel Atom is usually to blame. For years we ran a competition called 0-100-0, an acceleration in addition to braking test for cars of which was, as the name suggested, a sprint coming from rest to 100mph in addition to back to rest again.
from the earlier years, there was an unpredictability to the results. Lightweights in addition to supercars vied for supremacy, while race in addition to rally cars set non-production records.
in addition to then came the Ariel Atom having a supercharger strapped to its engine, in addition to with of which the unpredictability ended. What’ll be quickest? of which’ll be the Atom 300. Again. So we canned of which.
however, as you may have heard, Autocar turned 0 years old This specific month, which gave us an idea: reprise 0-100-0 however, to even things up, increase the target speed to a poignant 120mph, thus giving significance to the anniversary in addition to allowing a broader range of cars – those weighing more than half a tonne – a greater chance of competing.
Step forward, then, the running order. Ariel’s Atom 3.5R is usually here, of course, however of which’s joined from the lightweight corner by the Caterham Seven 620R in addition to a sort of lightweight, the Radical RXC500. To line up against those, we have what could well be the fastest current supercar, because of which has 641bhp in addition to a set of astonishing stoppers, from the shape of McLaren’s 650S. Porsche’s 911 Turbo is usually probably the only thing of which’d run of which close, to ensure’s here, too, as is usually Nissan’s GT-R in addition to the nowfour-wheel-drive Jaguar F-Type R.
Then there are a couple of wildcards. Ford’s Mustang GT is usually here because of which’s interesting to see what a big coupé can do, in addition to Mercedes’ facelifted A45 AMG represents the apogee of the current hot hatchback.
Nine contenders, then, in addition to Blyton Park Driving Centre is usually our host.
Meeting the contenders
As you might expect coming from Lincolnshire in early November, Blyton Park is usually cold when we arrive. however the track is usually dry in addition to the surface much better than some of the airfields we often use for features. Conditions are Great enough, in different words, however will play a little into the hands of things with better traction. Shall we crack on in ascending order? Let’s.
First, (or rather last in This specific company) then, is usually Ford’s Mustang. This specific is usually not a complete surprise, especially given of which traction is usually at a slight premium, however of which’s a newsworthy car in addition to I’m interested to see how of which goes. of which’s also highly unusual in This specific company in of which of which comes having a normal H-pattern gearstick in addition to three pedals. Old school. Tellingly, nothing else here does.
of which’s not the easiest thing, in different words, to get off the line, however once you get the rears hooked up after a gentle getaway, the 5.0-litre Mustang takes full throttle in first gear, although its 0-30mph time, the slowest of the day at 2.35sec, sets a theme to come. of which is usually the slowest through 60mph in addition to 100mph in addition to to 120mph – especially because of which needs an upshift to fifth gear at 118mph – in addition to, by a whisker, is usually the slowest to stop coming from 120mph.
We’re using Blyton’s back straight due to This specific, straight-lining a chicane (obvs) of which’s usually in place halfway along. of which’s plenty wide enough forone car at a time, as flat as anywhere else we’ve used for 0-100-0 in addition to smooth from the braking zone. however is usually of which long enough?
from the Mustang, not quite. The run time you see is usually a patch of two runs – one coming from rest to 100mph, the different 100-0-0 after a rolling start onto the back straight. Its 21.66sec run would certainly be flattering in much company, however not This specific.
Next comes the A45 AMG, which again I aim at the horizon coming from the earliest straight start point I can line up on, in addition to engage its launch control.
from the Mercedes, there’s a tiny amount of slip as power is usually diverted to the rear, however the A45 is usually only seven-hundredths of a second off the fastest time to 30mph of which we record all day. Pulling 60mph in 4.13sec is usually also very respectable – although of which’s a number of which would certainly have needed to start having a three to be at the sharper end of things here.
Aerodynamics overwhelm the A45’s modest power output above 100mph in addition to of which wants the second longest time to reach 120mph, by which time quite a lot of the straight has passed in addition to the end is usually looming rather quickly.
Our VBox GPS data logging gear shows the auto’s current speed extremely accurately with barely a delay – much more quickly than our equipment used to – however still, as 120mph approaches, you have to anticipate the arrival of your terminal velocity in addition to decide to start braking before 120mph registers on the monitor (which, in This specific case, is usually my phone suckered to the windscreen).
There’s always a ‘reaction time’, then, in addition to you’ll do well if you keep the speedo below 121mph. (In no case does the time affect the final results, however we’ve left them in.)
The A45 AMG stops with about 30 metres of the straight to spare, thus avoiding the nearby field in addition to giving an overall time of 20.5sec for the 0-0-0 run. I know of which won’t trouble the top order. however few different hatchbacks would certainly get close to of which.
Jaguar’s F-Type R AWD is usually next. The F-Type has plenty of traction however no launch control. However, if you wind a little tension into the drivetrain, of which gets away very well – covering 0-30mph in 1.62sec, just two-hundredths of a second slower than the fastest car of the day. of which’s under braking of which the Jaguar loses out. Its nose pitches forward, in addition to although of which’d never trouble you on the road or a track day, of which incorporates a few tugs at the wheel as of which pulls to a halt in 5.22sec. of which’s still Great in addition to takes of which almost three seconds clear of the A45 AMG overall, however next up the road is usually more than a second quicker than of which.
of which turns out to be the GT-R in Track Package specification, which brings tyres of which appreciate being warmed through in addition to some Nismo aerodynamics however no increase in the standard 542bhp. So although of which has launch control, the Nissan is usually no faster than the Jaguar coming from standstill, in addition to there’s a shimmy coming from the rears, as they struggle to hook up after launch engages power, which isn’t evident from the Jaguar.
however by 60mph of which has redressed the balance in addition to overcome the Jaguar – 3.46sec is usually quick in any company, except among This specific lot – as would certainly be 0-120mph in 10.94sec. The GT-R takes some slowing, mind, because of which weighs 1740kg, in addition to asks a few seconds precisely to come to a halt.
Then comes the first of what we think of as the lightweights – although the 1120kg Radical RXC500 isn’t strictly a lightweight like the Caterham or Ariel, however you take the point.
What of which shares with those is usually a transmission of which features three pedals in addition to whose clutch can be forgotten about as soon as you’re rolling. The RXC feels like a genuine racing car coming from the moment you slip inside of which, in addition to beavering around to warm the rear tyres is usually one of the most evocative moments of the day.
There’s no launch control per se, however if you flatten the throttle, the turbocharged V6 will hold a few thousand revs, which are unleashed as soon as you drop the clutch. of which’s relatively easy to hook of which up, then, however of which pays to short-shift to second as the turbocharged power overwhelms the rears in first gear. This specific shuffling means the leggy Radical is usually the second slowest to 30mph, a situation of which has much better considerably by the time of which reaches 120mph, to which of which is usually fifth quickest. This specific is usually the lowest-placed car without ABS, however pedal feel is usually excellent in addition to retardation strong.
Launching a Porsche 911 Turbo S, meanwhile, could scarcely be simpler. You stand on the brake pedal in addition to then rapidly apply some throttle. The clutch of the PDK ’box stays disengaged in addition to the revs will sit at 4000rpm. Discharge the brake in addition to of which fairly lets go. Because of which’s cold, there’s a touch of slip, however having a 3.8-litre engine sitting over the back wheels, traction is usually the least of its issues. A 1.41sec 0-30mph time is usually faster than anything else by two-tenths.
Left in drive, of which’ll upshift itself rapidly, past 60mph in 3.01sec, the fastest of the day, although of which’s not an advantage of which retains by the time of which passes 100mph, at 6.67sec.
however of which’s under braking where the Porsche loses out. Not of which of which’s a big criticism; only three cars here wanted less than a few seconds to stop coming from 120mph in addition to the 911 modestly asked for 5.08sec. of which’s Great enough to put the Porsche fourth.
Those sub-5.0sec-stopping cars were all from the top three, in addition to two of them weighed precious little. Third overall, then, is usually Caterham’s 620R, fitted having a sequential gearbox of which, like the Radical, needs clutch off the line however not afterwards.
The trouble having a 310bhp Caterham, though, is usually of which, even after a couple of tyre-warming laps, traction is usually not a strong point. You ask for a few thousand revs, slip the clutch slightly to get away in addition to there are two main probabilities: the rears light up, or the engine bogs down.
In between those two, you can get of which about right, though, in addition to the Seven will reach 30mph in a respectable 1.74sec in addition to 60mph in an impressive (given the conditions) 3.5sec. The manual sequential gearbox’s lever – there are no paddles – wants a firm pull to engage the next gear, however the shifts are extremely fast if they’re shoved through firmly.
Better, though, is usually the way of which stops. Brake pedal feel is usually exceptional in addition to all four wheels approach a locking point at the same time – so at 4.72sec, of which’s the second-fastest stopper here, a hundredth quicker than the Ariel.
The Atom, though, holds the advantage – in addition to second place overall – because of the way of which gets off the line. Thus is usually the way with Ariels.
There’s no launch control on the supercharged Atom 3.5R, however of which doesn’t need of which, such is usually the traction. On manual supercharged Atoms, the fastest way is usually a full-bore start in second gear, however such is usually the quickness of the gearshifts on the sequential manual ’box, having a pneumatic actuator for the diddy paddles,of which of which’s no longer necessary. Only the 911 Turbo S (1.41sec) gets to 30mph quicker than the Atom (1.6sec), in addition to by 60mph the Ariel has clawed back all however two-hundredths of of which time, at 3.03sec.
Once, lightweight cars with tiny-capacity engines in addition to poor aerodynamics would certainly have run out of puff by 120mph, however the Ariel does of which in 9.2sec, still three-tenths quicker than the 911. The brake bias needs winding a long way forward to prevent the rear wheels coming from locking up, however once done, of which stops well in addition to the Ariel’s overall time of 13.93sec is usually a full half a second quicker than the Seven 620R.
Even so, of which’s more than a second behind the quickest car here. Perhaps 0-100-0 would certainly have been fairer on the Ariel after all, because of which just can’t live with McLaren’s 650S.
of which the McLaren is usually only rear-wheel drive means its launch control is usually fighting a battle coming from the off, however once of which has passed 60mph in 3.26sec, of which is usually uncatchable; 100mph goes in 6.19sec – equal first with the Atom – in addition to 120mph in 8.34sec, far quicker than anything.
however of which’s the way the McLaren stops of which marks of which out as exceptional. Hit the left pedal in addition to the air brake pops up, the 650S dives in addition to thuds echo through its carbonfibre chassis as the brakes sweep off speed at an incredible rate. Just 4.39sec after applying the pedal, you have stopped coming from 120mph – a decelerative phenomenon of which has to be felt to be believed. in addition to one of which contributes to the 650S’s inaugural 0-0-0 title-winning time of 12.73sec.
Maybe 0-121-0 next year, then? Sure, why not? Only – I confess – I got to about 122.5mph from the McLaren before of which commenced slowing down. So of which incorporates a bit to spare.
The ranking – see more of our contenders in action
1 – McLaren 650S Spider
2 – Ariel Atom 3.5R
3 – Caterham Seven 620R
4 – Porsche 911 Turbo S
5 – Radical RXC500
6 – Nissan GT-R Track Attack
7 – Jaguar F-Type R AWD
8 – Mercedes-AMG A45
9 – Ford Mustang V8 GT
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