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most powerful offroad vehicle: the Ford Model T

via reddit:

http://www.forbes.com/free_forbes/2007/0813/112a.html

That's pretty interesting. A lot of that old stuff was just built better. But I don't think it could have beat the Hummer if the Hummer wasn't a huge piece of shit.
Permalink Practical Economist 
July 30th, 2007 11:11pm
The hummer is still a must superior penis enhancer.
Permalink son of parnas 
July 30th, 2007 11:42pm
How is that interesting? He drove up a hill faster than a hummer. Whoever said hummers were built for acceleration?
Permalink Send private email Impractical Economist 
July 31st, 2007 12:11am
> How is that interesting?

How can you not find that interesting? A car from the dawn of time can't beat the Detroit's answer to viagra? How can any modern car not beat the model-t at anything?
Permalink son of parnas 
July 31st, 2007 12:30am
Hell, by now we should be driving indestructible flying whatsits that fold up into your wallet with no visible moving parts.
Permalink Aaron 
July 31st, 2007 12:35am
As it says, the Model T weighs a lot less than a Hummer so it has less inertia.

Also, the T has wheels with a large radius since it was designed at a time when everything was off road, or at least dirt roads with deep ruts.
Permalink Practical Economist 
July 31st, 2007 12:36am
It was a 10 second race, so part of it was the model T can just start moving like crazy really fast. The hummer owner wanted to complain that in a longer race or on a flat surface he would win, but no-duh, the model T's top speed is something like 50 mph.
Permalink Practical Economist 
July 31st, 2007 12:39am
Exactly. The Model T wasn't also hauling the owner's ego. I'm sure there's a good reason the race was uphill - using your opponent's worst feature against him.
Permalink Send private email Impractical Economist 
July 31st, 2007 1:07am
It was also heavily modified, while the Hummer was stock.
Permalink Send private email Impractical Economist 
July 31st, 2007 1:08am
Yeah, heavily modified with parts from a Model A, and one part from the 1930s...
Permalink Practical Economist 
July 31st, 2007 1:09am
Your point? I could put that a model T engine in a go-kart with big wheels and it would probably go even faster.
Permalink Send private email Impractical Economist 
July 31st, 2007 1:56am
There's only one way to find out. Thanks for volunteering. I'll bring the beer.
Permalink Practical Economist 
July 31st, 2007 3:09am
The real difference is that the Hummer will provide some privacy from the kids (as a detached bedroom beside the RV) while you could barely get busy in a Model T.
Permalink trollop 
July 31st, 2007 4:26am
Okay, but which one will support the armor to resist IED's better?  Huh?  How about that, smart guy?

Point being -- different vehicles, different power-to-weight ratios.  I'm sure a motorcycle would beat the Hummer to the top of the hill, too, does that make them "Better"?  No, just different.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
July 31st, 2007 9:49am
Wait -- a 100 HP Model T?  When 'stock' was 20 HP?

Damn, my 1974 VW Beetle only had 50 HP.  I was right -- power to weight ratio.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
July 31st, 2007 9:51am
The Model T was upgraded from the factory 20hp engine to one putting out 100hp. That's a pretty dramatic upgrade.
Permalink DF 
July 31st, 2007 9:52am
"which one will support the armor to resist IED's better"

Definitely needed for driving around on suburban freeways.
Permalink Practical Economist 
August 1st, 2007 4:15am
And which part of the OP's "powerful offroad vehicle" did you not understand?

Yeah, I don't think you need a Hummer for driving on suburban highways either.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
August 1st, 2007 8:44am

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