Fast Driver In A Slow Car Races A Slow Driver In A Fast Car

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What's more important, the car or the driver?

Unless you're racing to make the drive thru before it closes, Wendy's is not a good foundation on which to build a racing career. Racing, of course, is the best way to do that and it's just what James, the creative director at Donut Media, grew up doing. The other James, Donut Media's head writer, grew up doing the Wendy's run and the result is that he's not as good a racing driver as Racer James. But no matter the skill, racing can always be done better when the car is just as good as its driver.

For the purpose of science and entertainment, Donut Media got ahold of a Mercedes-AMG CLA45 and a Mitsubishi Mirage with the "MI" blacked out, good vehicular representations of James' and James' skill levels.

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Then it switched things up by giving Racer James the Mirage and Wendy's James the AMG to see how skill or lack thereof would be affected by the handicap. The Mirage has a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine making a whole 75 horsepower. The Mercedes makes a 300 horsepower premium over the Mitsubishi with one of the most heavily boosted 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines on the market. Unleash the two at Willow Springs raceway and the results are spectacularly different and directly contradict what Engineering Explained's meticulously crafted experiment found.

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