Maybe it's just my game but when I look at a cars stats (top speed, acc, handling) there is the blue bar the shows what the car's stats are but there is also a orange vertical bar in each stat category somewhere along the blue bar and I have no idea what it means. I can send a screen shot of it if I'm not describing it right, but what do they mean? Here is a link to a picture where you can see the orange bars, http://connect.in.com/play-need-speed-most-wanted/photos-1-1-1-c2470cb6da438ba7d2a4d890d0293a05.html#image_button You might have to right click the image and view image because the right side of the image is cut off on the site (at least for me it is).
Wow. Just wow. The dude is talking about the orange bars on the stats screen, not the one above the speedometer. I would think that was made pretty clear. Sadly, I don't even know what they are for. I guess I'll consult a FAQ and find out (hopefully). --- Sales lost to piracy is based on the incorrect assumption that the pirate would have paid for the product if s/he was unable to illegally obtain a free copy.
If you look at the car you have selected, the orange bars are slightly ahead of the stat bars. If you then look at different cars, these bars stay the same. With that you can directly compare the stats of different cars!
(Oddly though, they are always a little bit over the blue line) --- http://hellworld.x.am