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1960 Fairthorpe Electron vs. 2002 Mercedes-Benz S

To start off, 2002 Mercedes-Benz S is newer by 42 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1960 Fairthorpe Electron. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1960 Fairthorpe Electron would be higher. At 5,513 cc (12 cylinders), 2002 Mercedes-Benz S is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2002 Mercedes-Benz S (493 HP @ 5000 RPM) has 451 more horse power than 1960 Fairthorpe Electron. (42 HP @ 4500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2002 Mercedes-Benz S should accelerate faster than 1960 Fairthorpe Electron. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2002 Mercedes-Benz S weights approximately 1645 kg more than 1960 Fairthorpe Electron. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Both vehicles are rear wheel drive (RWD) - it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, both vehicles do the job better than front wheel drive vehicles. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control. Let's talk about torque, 2002 Mercedes-Benz S (801 Nm @ 1800 RPM) has 735 more torque (in Nm) than 1960 Fairthorpe Electron. (66 Nm @ 3000 RPM). This means 2002 Mercedes-Benz S will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1960 Fairthorpe Electron. 2002 Mercedes-Benz S has automatic transmission and 1960 Fairthorpe Electron has manual transmission. 1960 Fairthorpe Electron will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2002 Mercedes-Benz S will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1960 Fairthorpe Electron 2002 Mercedes-Benz S
Make Fairthorpe Mercedes-Benz
Model Electron S
Year Released 1960 2002
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 948 cc 5513 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 12 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Horse Power 42 HP 493 HP
Engine RPM 4500 RPM 5000 RPM
Torque 66 Nm 801 Nm
Torque RPM 3000 RPM 1800 RPM
Engine Bore Size 63 mm 82 mm
Engine Stroke Size 76 mm 87 mm
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 2 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 490 kg 2135 kg
Vehicle Length 3360 mm 5170 mm
Vehicle Width 1480 mm 1860 mm
Vehicle Height 1180 mm 1450 mm
Wheelbase Size 2060 mm 2720 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 45 L 88 L


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