Posted 24 July 2012 - 04:02 PM
Yes Ritchie it is a sad fact that these days there are not all that many people who do anything other than climb into a car and drive it, for what it is worth and so these international tests have to reproduce the lowest possible factor of repeatable result.
If you were to get rid of ABS and all similar systems and to very significantly improve the capability and performance of the drivers of the World then other tests showing real world performance figures might be more justifiable.
It is for this reason why I like the tests conducted by Autocar where cars are driven by highly skilled drivers over the same track, time after time and lap after lap under repeatable test conditions where the track can be flooded or dry (etc.) and it is then that you can see very significant differences in the achieved lap times because car 'A' is far more capable than car 'B' and yet in the real world out on the open road the opposite can be the case.
So I suppose the current test are OK, but dramatically improve the collective lot of the capability of the drivers of this World and some other kind of test might become more relevant.
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