Domestic vs Import Cars

1602 WordsAug 11, 20097 Pages
Domestic Vs Import Car Performance This topic of discussion has frustrated many car enthusiasts over the years as the market for automobiles becomes even more cluttered with dozens of different makers. The general categories are that of domestic automobiles, which are those made by companies owned and operated by the USA, and imports, which is broken up into Japanese, Korean, and European cars. Many people ask the question of which nationality makes the more quality car, but this discussion is different. The main position of this paper is that of overall performance, which is better: Imports or Domestics? For comparison sake, European cars will not be closely compared because of the extreme price differences. I will be going over…show more content…
When it comes to power, tally one for the domestics. Keep in mind that very few Japanese cars make anywhere near 300hp in stock form. What about modifications? Which car is more mod-able, the import or domestic? This will be answered shortly, but first, let’s look at the outcomes of modifying our stock examples. A common method of adding extremely large amounts of power to any car, import or domestic, is by applying a turbo charger. Many of you have heard of a turbo charger, but what does it do? An engine uses fuel combustion to pump its cylinders to produce power. The more air that is in the fuel mixture, the bigger the bang becomes. A turbo charger forces so much air into the mixture in a compressed form that it makes the explosion big enough to increase horsepower anywhere from 50-150% depending on the setup. Very often people apply these setups to their Honda Accords or Civics to reach the same potential as a 320hp Camaro, and very often these results are achieved. But wait, what if we take that same 320hp Camaro, and add the same turbo setup to it? Another factor in the amount of power added by the turbo is the engine’s size. The smaller the engine, the more compression is required to obtain large horsepower numbers (the higher the boost number equals the height of compression). The
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