"The association of Chevrolet with hot rods, speeds and such is probably inadmissible, but possibly the existence of the Corvette provides the loop hole. If the special parts are carried as RPO items for the Corvette, they undoubtedly will be recognized by the hot rodders as the very parts they were looking for to hop up the Chevy."
I enjoyed this post quite a bit as I am interested in cars and how the internet records history differs from the paper age.
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Either way, the chevy small block (and its evolution to the LS) has been dominant for a very long time.
The memo is interesting. The author is concerned about beefing up the remainder of the drivetrain to match a higher powered engine, but not about improving the stability of the vehicle. Today, it's all about keeping the wheels on the ground and the vehicle pointed in the right direction. Power is not a problem. Most racing vehicle classes today are power-limited in some way.
Also, in the 50s and 60s GM's market share bounced between 40 and 50% (in fact 1986 was the first year that GM fell below 40% US market share). As such, competition was more fierce between GM divisions like Cadillac and Chevrolet than between GM and Ford per se. Thus the notes at the end comparing the Chevrolet engine to the Cadillac engine.
“We’re behind in the smartphone market But from what we see as the driving factor for adoption, we need to come to market with a capable base component, and pre-load the app environment with anything that users could want, we’ll even make the developer ecosystem rich with expansion options.”
Being second to market can be used as an advantage
The jargon for that kind of business plan is “fast follower”. Apple has sometime chosen that approach (iPod, watch, arguably even the iPhone) to great success, so it’s not only a small company strategy.
Another phrase used in the valley is “you can tell who is the pioneer from the arrows in their backs”. I don’t like the term “pioneer” but the metaphor is apt.
The whole group of people who might start with swapping a graphics card, and move towards their own pc build with watercooling are being forced out of the apple market.
Even the old mac pro is replaced by this phenomenally expensive beast that nobody would hotrod (except for maybe a sheik)
Damn, what a great line...
Edit: after switching to a desktop, this site is not mobile friendly
(We've since changed the URL - see https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24456231)