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Well, on my way home on a street I know well there's two lane road that goes to one lane. It's my favorite piece of road, due to all the cell phone zombie drivers snoozing at the green light. I slither up in the right lane and take my usual ambush position, fully expecting to be two or three cars ahead before the other car begins moving and then move over.

Not tonight. The car I was next to was on point and wise to my shenanigans, and they were having none of it. Light turns green and my razor sharp reaction time was matched by the other driver, and it was on. Drag or Die. I was in CS mode due to running my battery down earlier. I could hear the 3.6l Pentastar winding through the 8 speed's gears as he was stuck at my quarter. I dared a glance and saw I was pulling on him, but not enough to clear, and my lane was rapidly ending. He had me. I grumbled and lifted, then humbly tucked in behind him as he poked his flashers twice in victory.

My car is tuned, and knowing we were both over 60 at one point, I was pleasantly surprised to see I nearly beat a car that pulls a 6.5 0-60. I might hit the drag strip to see what this thing will do. Love the car. Can't wait to get the ELR software cracked!
 

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Did that to a smaller-sized crotch rocket once. MAN was he pissed that I had him up to 40 MPH. He wound the piss out of his 250CC engine catching and overtaking me. I really shouldn't goad people like that though.....

I have a bridge over the river I do this at often (no side streets), but no one has been onto me yet so I dust 'em every time.
 

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I blew the doors off an unsuspecting CTS-V once. He punched it once I passed him, but didn’t catch me before I lifted as we approached slower moving traffic.
 

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I smoked a little wanna-be sports car not too long ago. It was one of those with the exhaust I like to refer to as "fart-tuned" because of how it sounds.

Anyway - I am pretty light on the accelerator but drive at speed limits. This guy was in a hurry (or being a d*ck) and tailgating me badly. Finally opens up to two lanes and he pulls beside me at a light (revving his little POS). When the light turned, I went WOT and silently left him in the dust :) .
 

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Stuff like this makes me chuckle a bit.
We have a road that goes over the Shenandoah Mountains with sharp switchbacks and it hits a 10% grade in a few places. I was in EV mode and a Mustang comes tooling up behind me right on my ass. We hit the first switchback and slow down, then around the bend and onto the throttle where OHM-RIDE proceeds to silently walk away from the 'stang. I hear him downshift, downshift again, and rev the hell out of his engine on the uphill straightaway.... just in time to brake for the next switchback.

Out of the switchback and I walk away again.

wash, rinse, repeat, all the way up the mountain until he was about 6 car lengths back from me. You could really tell he was thinking "WTF".

We hit the double lanes at the top of the mountain and headed down and he got past me but I could see he was laughing as he went by.

I always wonder if he looked up my car to see what the heck had just happened to him. LOL.
 

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I smoked a little wanna-be sports car not too long ago. It was one of those with the exhaust I like to refer to as "fart-tuned" because of how it sounds.

Anyway - I am pretty light on the accelerator but drive at speed limits. This guy was in a hurry (or being a d*ck) and tailgating me badly. Finally opens up to two lanes and he pulls beside me at a light (revving his little POS). When the light turned, I went WOT and silently left him in the dust :) .
It’s called a fart can!!! I had a similar story with 2 imports in downtown Indy. 4 lane, one way street, a ricer boy to the left of me, another to the right of me. I punched it leaving them in the dust. I could hear their 4 bangers making a whole lot of noise, but not really moving relative to me.

It’s nice that the volt comes from the factory ready to take on anyone at streetlights, but there’s not much we can do to change the setup and make it into a 10 second car like all those cars in the Fast and the Furious.
 

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Maybe someday, they'll make a movie about this, Fast & Quiet.:p
 

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There was a review someplace of a "drag race" between a Volt and another EV (don't remember which one). The reviewers comment was "and we have the quietest drag race in the history of automobiles"... LOL.
 

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HP Tuners goes right into the engine controller, which handles the engine and some torque management. It's a decent improvement in CS and mountain mode. Sadly the hybrid controller is still out of reach so EV power isn't able to be increased yet. The pedal can be remapped for even sharper response. Like a super sport mode.

There's a small group tuning Volts trying to get better fuel economy in CS mode. I have another bend. The power bug.
 

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HP Tuners goes right into the engine controller, which handles the engine and some torque management. It's a decent improvement in CS and mountain mode. Sadly the hybrid controller is still out of reach so EV power isn't able to be increased yet. The pedal can be remapped for even sharper response. Like a super sport mode.

There's a small group tuning Volts trying to get better fuel economy in CS mode. I have another bend. The power bug.
I don’t buy it (if the tune is for the gen1) because in mountain mode or CS mode the ice doesn’t participate in pushing the drive wheels. It does when cruising at 65-70 mph on a flat highway. I think there are more situations in a gen2 where the ice participates, but what we need is an ELar or CT6 tunefor faster 0-60 times.
 

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HP Tuners goes right into the engine controller, which handles the engine and some torque management. It's a decent improvement in CS and mountain mode. Sadly the hybrid controller is still out of reach so EV power isn't able to be increased yet. The pedal can be remapped for even sharper response. Like a super sport mode.

There's a small group tuning Volts trying to get better fuel economy in CS mode. I have another bend. The power bug.
Remapping the throttle pedal curve is not a tune. Lol.
 

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I race people all the time, but it seems like every time I get to race a muscle car its after my battery is depleted. Today it was a cute girl in a Mustang, probably laughing her ass off as she narrowly made it through the next yellow light and I didn't :(

So, where do you get this tune you're talking about?
 

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This thread has me curious how you folks do against Leafs on these commuter/urban stoplight accelerations?

When I was driving a Leaf every day in a more dense city, it tended to do very well from 0-20 or 0-30 or so. I wasn't trying to win any sort of drag race, but it seemed to accelerate so easily from city street stop lights that I seemed to be getting acceleration from zero that might have cost me a bunch of money and-or noise from a FFV. I haven't really driven in many similar situations with my Volt yet, so I don't know, but while it seems very good, it doesn't seem quite as responsive as the Leaf from 0. It would be nice to have some information on this though from others. I do have to say, I am not encouraging anyone to get into a "racing" state of mind. I had a talk with myself about this when I saw how it was going with the Leaf, but concluded that I was just accelerating naturally and I think safely from stop, once the light had turned and the intersection was clearly ok, and the vehicle just had a tendency to get going quickly.
 

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This thread has me curious how you folks do against Leafs on these commuter/urban stoplight accelerations?
I'll let you know if I ever pull up next to one. I know they're out there but they're more rare than ELRs. I can find plenty of ELRs at dealerships in my area, but on the road they're more rare than a model X.
 

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I read something that said a Leaf and a Gen I Volt both do 0-30 mph in 3.4 sec. Sounds about right. The quick accel is nice for stop and go. I love the Volt because it is silent, quick, short turning radius, leaves lots of room in my garage and the hatchback is handy. But look at these numbers.
Volt ............................... Bolt
8.5 sec ... 0-100 kM/h ... 7.3 sec
10.6 cu ft ... Cargo space ... 16.9 cu ft
36.4 ft ... Turn Circle ... 35.4 ft
180.4 in ... Length ... 164 in

I will definitely give the Bolt a hard look in the future.
 

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Thanks for posting the videos and the various other points that have been made. Looking at the top one I think the Leaf might be tad quicker 0-10 or 0-20, which was just my personal impression, but it's hard to say. They talk about the Volt pulling away at 50 mph, and "Drag races" seem oriented toward 1/4 or 1/8 mile or 0-higher speeds. My own impressions are just that when commuting at safe city speeds, the Leaf was a touch quicker off the line.
 

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Thanks for posting the videos and the various other points that have been made. Looking at the top one I think the Leaf might be tad quicker 0-10 or 0-20, which was just my personal impression, but it's hard to say. They talk about the Volt pulling away at 50 mph, and "Drag races" seem oriented toward 1/4 or 1/8 mile or 0-higher speeds. My own impressions are just that when commuting at safe city speeds, the Leaf was a touch quicker off the line.
Welcome. The Leaf obviously whips the Volt 0-30 or 0-40, and that's where it should and usually does end on the road. Volt and Leaf owners shouldn't try to take on a Tesla either. Best you can hope for is to jump them on green and hope they were sleeping.
 
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