Tesla's new Roadster is giving a 0-60mph time of 1.9 seconds. Truly ludicrous acceleration.
I was wondering how a fighter jet released from a steam catapult compares.
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According to Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aircraft_catapult an American carrier type Kitty Hawk has a catapult capable of accelerating a mass of 35000 kg to 139 knots (71,51 m/s), and the system's stroke is 76 m. From the terminal speed and the stroke, a simple calculation gives a mean acceleration of 33,64 m/s/s. Hence, and assuming the acceleration constant along the stroke, the time needed to reach 60 mph = 26,81 m/s is t=v/a => t=26,81/33.64 => t=0,796 seconds...