Modeling the acceleration of a car

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DerPfeil
i'm curious as to how one could model the acceleration of a car through the gears. it would have to be a formula for speed i think, and it would depend upon the current rpm, the gear ratio, the torque (and horsepower derived from it), and the circumference of the tire. i'd appreciate any input.
 

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russ_watters
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You have a good start there. Torque curves are sometimes published so you could get your starting data there.

Another issues to consider: Rotational inertia in the tires. They are accelerating angularly and linearly at the same time. So you need their moment of inertia.
 

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