Friday, January 24, 2014
Thanks to John Kraman of the Velocity/Mecum team for this term. I've called it a lopey idle, but like Kraman's description much better. From now on, in my dictionary, it's a Nervous Idle.
Here's lopey. We've all heard it. (The car sounds good at higher revs and I don't disparage a lopey idle: I paid extra to get one.)
A lopey idle is a Cheetah cruising the Serengeti, looking for prey. A Nervous Idle is a Cheetah getting ready to pounce. If all you brung was your lopey idle, you're the Wildebeast calf. Move more toward the center of the herd. Here's a Nervous Idle:
A nervous idle doesn't necessarily require a big-block. Small-block unblown gassers and Trans Am racers had one. All you really need is a radical camshaft, big compression, and a fairly open exhaust.