Saturday, May 17, 2008

Saturday Quiz: Small Car Horsepower

Q: How much horsepower does the engine of the "world's cheapest car," the Tata Nano, produce?
A: the 624cc engine produces 33 horsepower:

$2500 Tata Nano, World Cheapest Car
The Tata Nano is a 2 cylinder, 624-cc engine car with 33 horsepower which consumes around one gallon per 54 miles.

For comparison's sake, a Honda road motorcycle's 599cc 4-cylinder engine generates 86 horsepower:

2006 Honda 599:
At the heart of it is a truly wonderful powerplant, the 16-valve, water-cooled dual-cam inline-four 599cc motor from the F2/F3 series motorcycle. The motor makes a healthy 86 hp (2004 model) at the back wheel, breathing through a quartet of good `ol fashioned 34mm flat-slide CV carburetors like Mom used to make.

The "compact car" Honda Civic's 1800cc engine produces 140 horsepower:
2008 Honda Civic Review:
All trims but the Si are powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, which makes 140 horsepower. the Si is powered by a high-revving 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that pumps out 197 hp. It comes exclusively with a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission. The Civic Hybrid features Honda's latest Integrated Motor Assist system, which consists of a 1.3-liter four-cylinder gas engine and a 20-hp electric motor. Total output is 110 hp.

New Readers Journal Essays:

The Rise in Oil: Speculation or Uncertainty? Harun I.
PERHAPS 60% OF TODAY'S OIL PRICE IS PURE SPECULATION (Financial Sense): The author wages a largely rhetorical argument. I won't argue that there may be a bubble building in energy futures but the causes he presents is suspect.

The Third Worldization of the United States Is In Process Robert Roth
The U.S. and its economy may be said to have been in a process of "Third Worldization" for some time, from a variety of perspectives. One of the more striking, to me, is the fact that recently an authoritative source suggested the U.S. may (in ten years) lose the AAA rating its debt has enjoyed since ratings began. See Doug Noland’s Credit Bubble Bulletin.

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