Here's How A Volkswagen Beetle Can Beat A Bugatti Chiron to 60 MPH

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Surprisingly, it's not as hard as it sounds.

Engineering Explained is our favorite go-to source for nerding out over how certain automotive features work because, well, how else will us dreamers get to be the next Horacio Pagani? Not too long ago, Jason Fenske, also known as "that guy from Engineering Explained," pulled out his markers and whiteboard to show us what was the shortest theoretical time limit for a car to run 0-60 mph. By applying multiple variables, he found that the shortest time a production car running street tires should be able to make the run in is 2.0 seconds.

But what if we delve into the automotive world that lies outside production-spec vehicles?

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After all, the only production car in the foreseeable future that could make a 2.0 second 0-60 mph run is the Bugatti Chiron, but its acceleration time hasn't been confirmed yet. On the other hand, rally cross supercars (we say supercars because they really are that impressive) can manage that run in as little as 1.9 seconds. With AWD, lightning-quick transmissions, stellar power-to-weight ratios, and sophisticated differentials doling out proper doses of power to each wheel, it's easy to see how they can manage such a feat. But it's still fun to hear the explanation with a backdrop of rally cars leaping and catching fire.

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