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Bibliographic Entry | Result (w/surrounding text) |
Standardized Result |
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Zitzewitz, Paul. Merrill Physics Principles and Problems. New York: Glencoe, 1995: 91. |
"A drag racer tries to obtain maximum acceleration over a quarter mile course. The fastest time on record for the quarter mile is 4.801 seconds. The highest final speed on record is 301.70 miles per hour." | 28.1 m/s^{2} |

2000 Acura Integra GS Coupe. Edmunds. | "Acceleration (0-60 mph): 7.9 sec." | 3.4 m/s^{2} |

Jaguar XK8 (2001). The Auto Channel. | "0-60 mph 7.0 seconds" | 3.8 m/s^{2} |

Taruffi, Piero. The Technique of Motor Racing. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Robert Bently, 1958: 58. | "exceed an acceleration of 6 mph/sec" | 2.7 m/s^{2} |

2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT. Edmunds. | "Acceleration (0-60 mph): 7.0 sec." | 3.8 m/s^{2} |

A high performance car is basically any automobile that can accelerate very quickly in a short amount of time. To calculate the actual acceleration you need to use the formula

*a* = delta-*v*/*t* = *v*_{f} – *v*_{i}/*t*

where "a"is the acceleration, "delta-*v*"
is the change in velocity, *v _{i}* is
the initial velocity,

The average rate of acceleration of all the ordinary cars I
found was between 3 and 4 m/s^{2}. You can find the
acceleration of any car listed under its performance. Under these
categories you can also find other important information such
as a car's horsepower and braking distance. The acceleration of
a car is important to know because it tells you how the car handles
(how it performs) during merging and evasive maneuvering.

Meredith Barricella -- 2001

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