What Is The Quickest Zero-To-60 Time Possible For A Street Car?

We have seen some absolutely mind-boggling acceleration times from both hyper-exotic sports and fully electric cars. But where is the limit? This video uses some complex equations to give us the answer.


For anyone that likes to geek out on the math behind how fast we can go, Engineering Explained takes a deep dive into what peak acceleration would be for a street legal car, and not something crazy like those record-setting vehicles that are essentially rockets with wheels.

You could argue that this obsession for the quickest zero-to-60 time is a bit absurd, especially since the current crop of EVs like Tesla and Faraday Future achieving this feat are making cars designed for range and everyday driving. Hey, people love bragging rights, even if they never use the full potential of their car. But at what point will all these cars be equally as quick?

Engineering Explained says that all-wheel-drive would be a must to get all that power down off the line. The host also takes what seems to be a counter-intuitive approach to figuring out maximum acceleration, not by looking at how quick cars getting to 60 mph, but rather how quick they can slow down.

So if you don’t have time to sit through six and half minutes of some dude putting numbers on a white board, the answer is 2.05 seconds.

Tom is a contributing writer for Jalopnik and runs AutomatchConsulting.com. He saves people money and takes the hassle out of buying or leasing a car. (Facebook.com/AutomatchConsulting)


I have a semi-related question. What is the worst gas milage you will accept in a dailey driver? I know mine exactly, 25mpg. I know this because I bought an older mustang thinking I would only drive it on weekends. once I found out it got over 26mpg* average, I gave away my econobox**, but I have a nice truck that gets 24 and I never once thought of using it as my daily.

I checked my bosses truck one time and he had a 12mpg average, so I dont even know if I am normal.

*That is weighted more towards city driving too, Highway driving is closer to 30.

**It actually only looked like an econobox, it never did better than 28 mpg averaged, stupid Aveo.