HowStuffWorks “How Maybachs Work”

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It is far more interesting, however, to the Maybach 57 to a Chevrolet Corvette. cars are radically different. The is an unabashed two-seater sports car a high-performance engine, sports-car and suspension and a lightweight fiberglass The Maybach is a huge luxury

The Maybach 57 weighs almost pounds (1,360 kg) more the Corvette (nearly twice as The Maybach 57 is almost 4 feet meters) longer than the

And yet, look at the important figures*. In 0 to 60-mph (0-97 acceleration, the Maybach 57 and the Corvette are — 4.9 seconds. In 0 to 80-mph kph) acceleration, the Maybach is one-tenth of a second quicker 7.8 seconds for the Maybach versus 7.9 for the Corvette. (Note that a Boxster takes just a bit 6 seconds to reach 60 mph — the is a very quick car.)

In terms of braking, the Maybach 57 is better than the Corvette. from 60 mph (97 kph), the Maybach 121 feet (37 meters). The Corvette 134 feet (41 meters).

From 80 the Maybach takes 212 feet (65 versus 214 feet (65 meters) for the

In the slalom, you would expect the to obliterate the Maybach, given the Corvette is 3,000 pounds and 4 feet shorter. But the speed the 700-foot slalom is incredibly — 62.4 mph (100.4 for the Corvette and 60.4 mph (97.2 for the Maybach.

How is this possible? How can a huge car a Maybach match a sports car the Corvette in terms of performance?

V-12 engine

It starts the engine. While the Corvette’s is slightly larger — cubic centimeters (cc) 5,513 cc for the Maybach — the is a high-tech V-12 . The Maybach has features such as:

Three per cylinder and overhead cams to two valves per cylinder in the Corvette)

valve timing

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Variable-length intake manifolds

turbochargers with intercooler can produce 18.9 psi of boost

all adds up to an engine that 543 horsepower compared to 350 horsepower for the The extra horsepower means the power-to-weight ratios of the two cars are identical.

On the braking side, the is very well endowed. The has huge disc brake at 14.8 inches up front and 14 in the back. The Maybach actually has six calipers instead of the normal — two calipers on each wheel. The entire braking is redundant and computer controlled so the CPU can decide which calipers to and how much pressure to apply to

Computer control also special software features to be For example, if your foot off the accelerator rapidly, the braking notices. The braking system that, a few milliseconds later, you be hitting the brakes for a panic

So, during those few milliseconds, the can move the brake pads position against the rotors to quicker brake activation.

To the slalom, the Maybach has another system — the car has air shocks can auto-level the vehicle during cornering and braking. The shocks have adjustable internal to control the stiffness of the suspension.

The performance equation for the Maybach is The engineers have brought possible piece of technology this car to make it behave a sports car.

*We’re the Maybach with the 2003 Anniversary Corvette, using sheets for the two cars from Track magazine.

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