|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/s2|
|2000 Acura Integra GS Coupe. Edmunds.||"Acceleration (0-60 mph): 7.9 sec."||3.4 m/s2|
|Jaguar XK8 (2001). The Auto Channel.||"0-60 mph 7.0 seconds"||3.8 m/s2|
|Taruffi, Piero. The Technique of Motor Racing. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Robert Bently, 1958: 58.||"exceed an acceleration of 6 mph/sec"||2.7 m/s2|
|2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT. Edmunds.||"Acceleration (0-60 mph): 7.0 sec."||3.8 m/s2|
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 = vf – vi/t
where "a"is the acceleration, "delta-v" is the change in velocity, vi is the initial velocity, vf is the final velocity, and t equals time. The acceleration of cars in the United States is stated as a "zero to sixty" time, where vi is zero and vf is 60 miles per hour or 27 meters per second.
The average rate of acceleration of all the ordinary cars I found was between 3 and 4 m/s2. 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