Ever heard of Sabermetrics?

Bill James revolutionized the way we look at sports by coming up with new statistics that more accurately represented player worth (like using On-base Plus Slugging instead of Batting Average...see "Moneyball" or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabermetr… if you're confused).

What I want to do is create a similar set of statistics for performance cars. I was rereading Dave Coleman's old article on "MonkeyPower" from Sport Compact Car for the 3095731085314th time and I got to thinking - why are we bombarded with horsepower numbers for new cars? Why not power-to-weight ratio? Why not horsepower/(weight*price)?

I figure it wouldn't be too hard to come up with a database of all new cars (or even used cars if you could figure out how to accurately assign money value to them) with rankable statistics. And from there it's only a little math to have a list of all cars sortable by my new 'LeSabreMetric' (don't fight it - let the pun flow through you), which I'm calling fun-per-dollar: (torque/weight)/(price/1000). Units would be ((lbs*ft)/lbs)/($/1000) or ft/($/1000) or 'feet per grand' (fun is measured in feet, doncha know).

Plus you could introduce multipliers to the top half of the equation to account for which wheels are driven, engine placement, etc. You could factor in skidpad gs to further incorporate handling. I don't think it's an unreasonable goal (especially in the age of electronic throttle control and power steering) to have one number that accurately represents how much fun a car is to drive relative to other cars.


So let's make that happen.

Until it does, I might as well just keep using MonkeyPower.