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Old 02-11-2015, 10:06 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by RedDevil View Post
My '85 Civic forced me to slow down on rainy days, it would aquaplane at speeds as low as 50 mph.
Nothing to do with 20 years of advances in tyre technology then? My 1400kg 1982 Ford would aquaplane where my 900kg Fiat does not, my 1600kg Jeep will aquaplane. My 2000kg Transporter handles in the wet as if it were dry. Aquaplaning isn't about weight, it's about contact pressure. My Ford aquaplaned because it was on 245 tyres, while my Transporter is only on 215's, with an extra 30 years tech behind them. The Jeep aquaplanes because it's on 275's.

At the end of the day all engineering is a compromise. In competent hands, a light car could be every bit as safe as a gimzo ladden pig.

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