sports car

(redirected from Sports coupe)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Acronyms.

sports car

a production car designed for speed, high acceleration, and manoeuvrability, having a low body and usually adequate seating for only two persons

Sports Car

 

a passenger car equipped for racing. According to the classification of the International Automobile Federation, sports cars are divided according to engine capacity into 15 classes; the maximum capacity is 6 liters, and the minimum weight of the car ranges from 450 to 800 kg, depending on the class. Sports cars are made with two and four seats and may have open or closed bodywork. They are equipped with explosion-proof fuel tanks, fire extinguishers, safety harnesses, and similar equipment. The brake system features separate lines to the front and rear brakes.

A distinction is made between road models of sports cars and special sports-racing cars. Road models are based on series-produced automobiles, and are designed for competition in rallies, hill climbs, and similar events. Compared to the production models on which they are based, they have more powerful engines (usually 30–40 percent more horsepower, sometimes up to 70–80 percent), improved handling, and greater stability. The lowered, lightened two-seat bodies of such sports cars are often called sports bodies.

Special sports-racing cars are manufactured using only a few parts and assemblies from series-produced vehicles, for example, the crankshaft, cylinder block, and cylinder head. Their engines are 2–2.5 times more powerful than series-produced engines of the same displacement because of such modifications as twin camshafts for each bank of cylinders and valves with larger diameters. Sports-racing cars are designed primarily for races on paved, circular tracks over long distances; racing cars usually compete over shorter distances.

REFERENCE

Sabinin, A. A. Sportivnye igonochnye avtomobili. Moscow, 1962.

A. A. SABININ

References in periodicals archive ?
The world premiere of the new Q60 sports coupe comes at a time of rapid growth for Infiniti, which sold a record 215,250 new vehicles in 2015, a year-on-year rise of 16 per cent.
Jaguar got it so right with the F-type convertible and now they have gone one better with the sports coupe - a wonderful car to drive with magnificent handling and killer good looks.
As a rear-wheel drive, high-performance sports coupe concept, HND-9 is equipped with 3.3-liter turbo GDi engine and 8-speed auto transmission, delivering maximum output of 370ps.
With the 2014 tC Sports Coupe, Scion introduces the new Scion Standard Display Audio that will be standard in new vehicles.
As a rear-wheel drive, high-performance sports coupe concept, HND-9 is equipped with 3.3-litre turbo GDi petrol engine and eight-speed auto transmission, delivering maximum output of 370ps.
As a rear-wheel drive, high-performance sports coupe concept, HND-9 is equipped with 3.3-litre turbo GDi engine and 8-speed auto transmission, delivering maximum output of 370ps.
I'm talking Toyota, and this manufacturer, which previously gave us treats like the Supra and the Celica, which really revved up everyday motoring, is back with a boxer-engined wow of a sports coupe called the GT86.
Mohammad Marzouk Al Matroushi won a Nissan 370Z sports coupe in the January 26 draw under the Nissan Grand Raffle DSF promotion.
STYLISH sports coupe the Lexus LF-LC has taken Stateside by storm - winning the people's prize at the Chicago Auto Show to follow its Detroit design award.
SUBARU has unveiled the production version of its BRZ sports coupe which is due to hit UK streets next July.
Mercedes has entered the sports coupe market with an offering targeting what the company calls a more youthful audience in the age range 35-45 category.
The exciting RCZ Sports Coupe really hit the ground running from its launch in June.