Humans are obsessed with round numbers, but even more so with certain numbers. They also give a lot more weight to what we like to call milestone numbers. Why is a car that makes 1,000 hp cooler than one that makes 995? Or a car that runs 10.99 in the quarter given more respect than one that runs 11.01? Because humans love big, sexy round numbers. Another milestone number is 200 … as in 200 mph. It used to be that this magic number was attainable by only a small handful of rides, but as modern cars have gotten more powerful and aerodynamically sleeker the club has become a bit less exclusive, but it’s still a pretty small group of cars that can pull this off. Why? Because aerodynamic drag makes it exponentially more difficult to go faster as speed increases. There are only two ways to overcome this aerodynamic drag: more power and/or less drag.
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