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Old 16th November 2009, 22:43   #1
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Default How could this be true?(TG's Liana ate 400 tyres in 1600 laps)

In the 1st episode of the 8th season of Top Gear, when they bid a farewell to the Suzuki Liana, Jeremy Clarskons states some facts about the car.

It's been through 400 tyres, 400 brake pads, 6 clutches, 2 gear linkages and a wing mirror.

He says it had done 1600 laps of the track.

Now, the average laptime is 1:50. Let's assume for simplicity's sake that the length of the track is 2 kms. This means an average speed of a little more than 60kmph which seems reasonable.

So, basically in 3200 kms, it has eaten 400 tyres? I find thta very very hard to believe.

Let's assume that they are using ultra high performance Advan Neovas. Advan Neovas can last a minimum of 5,000 kms. A 100 sets means 5,00,000 kms. I take the AD07s as an example simply because they have a very short life.

But they seem to have been through it in 3200 kms.

Also, chances of them using as high a performance tyre as the Advan Neova is quite less as the point of the SIARPC is to keep the car stock with basic mods to safety(roll cage, etc..).

I know they are very hard on the tyres, but at the end of the day, it's a 100 bhp car. How is it possible? Somehow in my mind, it simply doesnt add up.

Even if you consider a few blowouts, a few punctures and a few accidents(remember Lionel Richie's run where the wheel fell off?), I find 400 tyres very hard to believe.

Same goes for the 400 brake pads as well.

What do you guys think? Opinions? Arguments? Any flaws in my logic?
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Old 17th November 2009, 07:48   #2
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Nah. Looks like you fell for it. It's Just Jeremy.

If that car really ate up so much rubber, pads, and the works, you can be sure that Jeremy would have added one more thing to that list : a match-stick.

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Before the actual lap the celebs also go in for many trial laps where they get hang of it and you dont know how many were they but 400 is still a big figure.
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