the car in SCC was not powered by a run of the mill Honda motor - it was a brand new Spoon motor with head work (Spoon is a big Japanese tuner of Honda motors - they are known for pulling really impressive numbers out of their engines).fastspider said:For Sport Compact Car, they tested a different car with Yoko 038 tires and sport suspension and got better results. 4.2s 0-60 and 12.5s 1/4mile.
Also to note is that the car in the article was putting out 192 hp *at the wheels* - so it's running closer to 220 hp at the crank as opposed to the Toyota's 190 at the crank.
I will be pleasantly surprised if the Toyota powered elise can put a 1/4 mile down in under 13 seconds... I'm not saying it's impossible, but I am skeptical. (crossing fingers that Lotus proves me wrong).