205 MPH = WTF

I just submitted an opinion piece to the Huffington Post about idea I’ve had years ago about cities flipping the script on Detroit. And what I mean by that is that Cities taking an active role in deciding what types of cars are best to driven around, when traditionally this has been decided by Detroit.

I look at one car closely to make a point. The Corvette ZR1. This paragraph seemed like it should live on its own. So I guess that makes me a Cross Blogger. When the Huffington post piece is up. I’ll put a link to it here (currently its not up).

“…We can begin to understand the problem more clearly by looking at one of the 66 models GM currently manufactures. Generals Motors 2012 Corvette ZR1 is a seriously fast car. Its 638 horsepower engine accelerates it from a stop light to 60 seconds in 3.4 seconds and it has a top speed of 205 M.P.H., which is almost 4 times the national speed limit and 7 times the speed limit of a city street.

This race car type speed brings up an interesting question now that the US government is the largest GM shareholder after bailing out GM in 2008 with 50 billion dollars. Namely, how it is it possible that a government that mandates a speed limit of 55 M.P.H. on our nations roads, for safety and fuel economy, pays law enforcement to enforce these speed limits, fines its citizens for driving above the speed limit, now is the majority shareholder in a company that builds a car that flouts speed limits so spectacularly? “

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