Driving a 1.0l carWatch
Regarding speed - I have travelled for hours at an indicated 80mph (about 77mph real speed according to GPS) on a motorway with no trouble whatsoever. Stick it into fourth and it will happily accelerate up a hill from say 80-90mph. Driving it normally on 60mph roads it's fine - if you want maximum acceleration out of corners etc. you have to drop a gear or two, but it can handle speed fine. For overtaking I won't lie and say it's the best car for this, but I regularly drive a seven/eight mile trip on A/B roads to see my grandparents, and if there's someone doing, say, 45mph in a 60, I can happily get past them - though I will need a decent straight, and ideally to know the road quite well.
The main difficulty is weight. It's actually quite a nippy car with only one person in it, but once you get to three or more well-built guys it will be notably slower off the mark. You can still drive it perfectly well, but overtaking becomes very sluggish at these speeds, as do things like getting past slow people at lights etc., and overtaking multiple cars is an absolute nono.
You'll get loads of people on here, who've moved on to bigger engines, who will tell you that a 1ltr is totally useless, don't even bother. But ultimately, most decent 1ltrs will get you from A-B at a perfectly reasonable speed, they just won't overtake without a bit of a straight, and they'll slow down if you sit a few heavy people in them. I'd like a bigger engine, but for now the 1ltr Nissan does fine.
Lol, I am a marine engineer, you can't Bull **** a bull ****(er)! Possibly but the cold ram air works best at speed, like rolling starts from 30ish you will start to feel it if it was that. Sounds like you gave the car a really good service, that would give you a spike in power if it had not been done for a while!
Fiat petrol engine in the mk2 Ka produces the same BHP but less Torque than Ford petrol engine in mk1 Ka
Fiat diesel engine in the mk2 Ka produces the same BHP but more Torque than Ford petrol engine in mk1 Ka
My brother used to have a Ka and it was a bit of a gutless wonder. It felt fast when you were inside it, but if my brother was following me somewhere I had to keep remembering to slow up or he'd just get left behind - and I don't drive a particularly spritely car!
I'm sure the whole car would shake when you go above 50 mph.
Another thing is is that if you're buying a 1 litre car for mpg then don't. Often a 1.5-1.8L car would do better mpg as you don't need to floor the throttle every time you set off from stop to actually move. As for insurane, I think i'm right in believing group 1 cars are group 1 cars and insurance would be cheap no matter the difference in engine capacity.
Basically, it does the job,
When I was at uni I was involved in a racing team (we had a Formula 750 car) and looked into ram air systems - when we did the calculations (the team was made up almost exclusively of aero and mechanical engineering under grads and post grads) and found that to for the power gain to compensate for the increased drag of the ram air system the car needed to be doing over 100mph.. I wasn't involved in the calculations so I don't know how specific to the car this is though! Obviously cold air's always good and doesn't need to have any negative effects. The Citroen version of the 306 TD apparently gains about 2hp simply because the intercooler sits behind the radiator and not on top of the engine!
Probably why you don't see large scoops for cold air into the engine, rather for cooling on some turbo engines or to maintain under bonnet temps at a reasonable level.
That being said it’s interesting how far technology has come. You can get a 1l car with well over 100bhp and 2l cars with north of 300bhp.