Originally Posted by MFGJR
Did a little geometry just for fun... Assuming a distance of one-third of a mile and the two cars starting out 20 feet apart, the car that moves over must drive 20 feet more in distance than the car that goes straight--that's about 1.3 car lengths. Further assuming liner acceleration to a terminal speed of 150 mph, that distace equates to about two-tenths of a second.
Kind of like autocross and kart racing--at low speeds, the shorter line wins?
Sorry but that's not how it works, Cars 20 feet apart don't travel an extra 20 feet to become side by side.
Do a simple right angle triangle calculation, over 1/3rd mile you're talking about a tenth of a foot to move over 20 feet.
Also calculating the time delta using linear acceleration will never be remotely accurate.