# Acceleration pickup of a car

When I say "Tata Winger can accelerate from 0 to 100 Kmph in nearly 19 to 20 seconds, which is quite good for this class" - how is it measured?

Is this by accelerating the car from 0 to 100 kmph on a particular gear, or is it accelerating normally using all the gears?

Say, I measure that the car accelerates from 0 to 20 kmph in 5 sec. Can I extrapolate this measurement to calculate pickup acceleration of 0 - 100 kmph. Is a linear curve valid for this?

• Come on do you think Tata Winger can even do 100 Kmph in first gear? You tell me? In your experience does it take the same amount of time to go from 0 - 20 as from 80 - 100? Commented Jan 21, 2016 at 23:06

How is a 0-100 run done?

The fewest number of gears possible will be used, because that's the fastest way to get to a given speed. Engines typically put out their highest power in a certain band of RPMs, so you will accelerate as much as you can in first gear (to the red-line, or to a certain RPM where you know the power starts to decrease), then shift to second and repeat. In these runs, you might only get to third gear - that all depends on the transmission and engine combo. Unless you want a very slow time, you're not going to drive like normal where you would shift much sooner. Normal driving is for comfort, less wear on the engine, and better economy - not for performance.

Is a linear curve valid?

No. The power curve, aerodynamic resistance, and any number of other factors are not linear so acceleration won't be either. You can make an informed guess that's linear or a fixed curve, and it might be close, but it won't ever be correct for all cars.

• Just to confirm, during this 0-100 run, the driver will have 100% throttle position, i.e. he will press the gas pedal to the max limit, generally Commented Jan 21, 2016 at 17:32
• Once first gear is fully engaged, and the wheels are not spinning, yes, pedal to the metal and an experienced shifting technique so the time off the throttle is kept to a minimum. Car companies and magazines have experienced test drivers that do this every day and are very quick. Commented Jan 21, 2016 at 17:34
• Optimal is either reline nor power starts to decease Commented Jan 21, 2016 at 23:05