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Parliament debates a crushing new requirement for European automobiles.

The European Parliament is set to begin debate on a far-reaching proposal to reduce the carbon footprint of European vehicles.  The new plan is both large and far-reaching, but the most shocking part is a requirement to ban within six years all vehicles with a top speed of over 162km/h (101 mph). At a stroke, this would eliminate the manufacture and sale of every sports car in Europe, along with larger, more powerful sedans. The plan also includes a requirement that carmakers spend 20% of all advertising to warn consumers of the CO2 emissions of their products.

The plan's author is Chris Davies, a member of Parliament and spokesman for the EC's committee on the environment and public health. Mr. Davies official position is, "cars designed to go at stupid speeds have to be built to withstand the effects of a crash at those speeds. They are heavier than necessary, less fuel efficient and produce too many emissions."  This of course ignores the fact that the fastest sports cars are designed as light as possible and actually weigh much less than the average family car.

The plan is known as the Carbon Allowance Reduction System, or CARS for short... apparently in the hopes that a catchy, easy-to-remember name will help sell it.

Mr. Davies is also working on a new labeling scheme for Europe, whereby all goods and services purchased in Europe-- everything from an airline ticket to a packet of cornflakes-- will be required to be labeled with an official "carbon statement"-- the result of a complex and expensive accounting of the total emissions generated during manufacture, shipping, and use. He tosses off concerns over the cost of the project as unwarranted piffle.

Europe has long been known as home to some of the planet's fastest sports cars-- as well as its fastest public motorways.  Will one stroke of a pen change all that? Contact your local MEP to find out.

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By Blackraven on 7/16/2007 9:53:46 AM , Rating: 2
^^^Read question above.

I have a cousin who lives and Japan who just bought a Lexus LS 600 hybrid JDM version (LWB I think). He says it has the 180 km/h gauge and once that speed is reached, it will just stay that way (also speed-limited via CPU).

He says that with the 8-cylinder engine inside the Lexus LS 600hL (not to mention the addition of the electric motor), reaching 180 km/h is a breeze. His usual testing grounds are usually C1 Chuo Kanjo expressway, the overpasses in Haneda and the roads that connect main Tokyo to Chiba. Usually, it takes less than 10 seconds to get to the 180 km/h speed limit (even if the car is standard electric 4WD/AWD)

He says that cruise control max. limit is only at 100 km/h.

Since Japan though has used this 180 km/h max ruling for more than three decades, it is already normal for them (as if it is part of the system).

However, if such limits were to be applied to continental Europe......well I'm not really sure. This would however hurt the Euro sport car makes the most (Ferrari and Porsche would violenty react first)

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