By this point, we are all familiar (if not overly familiar) with Toyota's troubles with floor mats
, unintended acceleration
, biggest-ever recall
, etc. And if you're not familiar with Toyota's woes from reading this site, perhaps you've heard about Consumer Reports' investigation into ToMoCo's trouble
s. Well, guess what? The gang over at Car and Driver
decided to launch their own inquisition into FloorMatGate.
Here's how they set up the tests. C/D took a V6 Camry
, a Infiniti G37 Convertible
and a supercharged, 540-horsepower Roush
Ford Mustang. The Camry is
very similar to the Lexus ES350
that crashed in San Diego and set off the current brouhaha. Similar in that it has an electronic throttle and push button start. Same brakes, too. The Infiniti also has electronic throttle and push button start, though it's more powerful and has bigger brakes. Also, the Infiniti has a throttle interrupt that cuts fuel when the brake is applied. The Camry – and as far as C/D
knows, all Toyota models – does not. As for the Roush, why the hell not? No, actually the reason is to see if a mega-power engine can overwhelm a car's brakes at high speeds.
Here's the methodology: First they recorded each car's 70-0 mph braking distances with a closed throttle (i.e. foot off the gas). Then they recorded 70-0 mph braking distances with an open throttle (foot on
the gas). Next, they upped the ante to 100 mph for both closed and open throttle tests. The results are actually quite interesting, and we will share with you that a Toyota Camry under wide open throttle can stop from 70 mph one foot shorter
than a 2010 Ford Taurus
under normal braking. Also, it's best to take your foot off the gas in a 540-hp Roush when you're going 100 mph and want to stop. Unless you have 903 feet to spare. Just sayin.'
[Source: Car and Driver