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[Discuss] Its not possible to make things easier for users

On Mon, 14 Jan 2013 15:35:02 -0500
Mark Woodward <markw at> wrote:

> It should be noted that "knock sensors" detect a gas detonation and 
> cause the control system to retard the engine timing. Two things
> about this: The detonation damages the engine

A single detonation won't damage the engine. Repeated detonations will.
"It won't knock if the engine sensors are working properly."

> and the time retardation reduces engine performance and efficiency.

"You lose 10 HP at the high end." Less octane equals less engine

Certainly, higher octane gasoline makes high performance engines work
better but it isn't necessary (with some exceptions which won't work
*at all* without very high octane content). No, the *real* real reason
is Ford advertises 650HP @ 6,250RPM for the Shelby. The 10 HP reduction
from regular gasoline would lead to a false advertising lawsuit. Or Ford
would have to down-rate the performance to 640HP @ 6,250RPM which looks
less impressive on the spec sheets. It's all marketing.

> Even Apple is getting spanked for being too simple. More people use 
> android than iPhone.

On the other hand, more people buy Apple than buy Samsung or HTC or
Motorola. The three combined might beat Apple but Apple still beats each
of them separately.

Rich P.

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