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Old 5th Oct 2005, 16:28
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Cool High Performance Cars

Hi everyone,

I know this has been touched on over and over but this is a different slant to it.

Why do someone people go out and buy a high performance car to never drive it to its full potential. That is like getting a grand piano and not playing it as far as I can see.

The reason for the rant I was stuck behind a Ferrari on the way on a school run and they did the usual 30 Mph and if I tried to over take sped up and then slowed down.

Is this cos they can't drive it properly, were playing with me or just had no idea what they had under the bonnet.

When I finally got to school found it was a parent and female at that!! Very tempted to say something but then remembered the next door neighbours comment about how she could never get her 4 wheel Range Rover dirty on mud or off road it because it was not done. (to be honest she would not know how to of road a car ).

Scare came to mind, far to scared to take the car to the full potential for the purpose it was built.

Sorry rant over, feel much better for it but if you have a 8 V under the bonnet why not use it to its full capability????

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Old 5th Oct 2005, 16:36
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To cheer you up, TnT, the sluggish Ferrari may well have had '12 V' under the bonnet.

Anyway, it's almost as much fun, and cheaper, to buy a low-powered, evil-handling car then try to drive it as if it were a Ferrari
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Old 5th Oct 2005, 16:39
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I can understand your frustration as it is a waste of a fine automobile, my lofty friend, but a very wise man said to me years ago "You may be able to buy a Porsche, doesn't meant you know how to drive it". And it's very true.

A years ago in Australia there was a Cannonball Run type race in the outback.......no speed limit all that jazz. There was a Japanese dentist who had purchased a Ferrari F40 for the event. Unfortunately the words above came true and the dentist lost control of the vehicle at high speed as he was going around a corner (there aren't many out west, but there are a few). More tragically, there was a checkpoint set up on the corner, and the vehicle smashed into it, killing three people.
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>The reason for the rant I was stuck behind a Ferrari on the way on a school run and they did the usual 30 Mph and if I tried to over take sped up and then slowed down.
>Is this cos they can't drive it properly, were playing with me or just had no idea what they had under the bonnet.

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No, it's because when you drive a fast car, everyone wants to overtake you and then they slow down and blow their exhaust all over your fast car. Best to keep them behind you . . .

You did also say that the driver was a female, didn't you?

BTW How far can YOU see when playing a grand piano?
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Old 5th Oct 2005, 16:41
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Depends if it's facing a wall or not.
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Old 5th Oct 2005, 16:46
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and on your height. TnT would probably be ok there, unless the nick is ironic
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Old 5th Oct 2005, 16:46
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Saw 10 - 20 Ferrari's through the streets of London on Sunday. (Tottenham court rd)

Man my horn blew .. even at 30 mph it remains the best sound on earth (other than Concord of course)
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Old 5th Oct 2005, 16:46
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U makin a lots od sense this pm tnt
Why do someone people go out...
That is like getting a grand piano and not playing it...
But in a nudshell you had it...
Scare came to mind, far to scared to take the car to the full potential...
The reason for the rant I was stuck behind a Ferrari on the way on a school run and they did the usual 30 Mph and if I tried to over take sped up and then slowed down.
You have to appreciate that Ferrari drivers don't have the same visibility as most other car drivers. Maybe they spotted the same overtaking possibilities as yerself but then decided against it...which might explain your problem this morning. Of course, I could be mistaken: the very sound of a highly-strung V8 accelerating then decelerating should be amply rewarding when stuck in traffic...
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Old 5th Oct 2005, 16:48
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No, it's because when you drive a fast car, everyone wants to overtake you and then they slow down and blow their exhaust all over your fast car. Best to keep them behind you
Ok if you know how to handle the car, but she clearly can't and that is what frustrates me more. It is a bit like keeping a race horse and getting it to do sand school its whole life if you want an analagy with speed. They are built to be used, the car that is, not pootle around country roads at 28 mph.

Why bother it is there then just for the show of having it.

I understand there is a time a place to open them up and it may not be on those roads. But I have seen it on the trip around the M25 the numerous times I did it last week too and they sit in the nearside lane going along at just about 50mph! Just a waste in my mind

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Most of the Mums hereabouts have Chelsea Tractors for the school run. When they visit our neighbour for coffee and cucumber sandwiches, they demonstrate their inability to judge length and width and take numerous manoeuvres to negotiate the entrance to neighbour's driveway (and that's driving FORWARD!).
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Old 5th Oct 2005, 16:52
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they sit in the nearside lane going along at just about 50mph
How much you guys paying for gas at the moment?
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>Ok if you know how to handle the car, but she clearly can't and that is what frustrates me more. It is a bit like keeping a race horse and getting it to do sand school its whole life if you want an analagy with speed. They are built to be used, the car that is, not pootle around country roads at 28 mph.
>Why bother it is there then just for the show of having it.
>I understand there is a time a place to open them up and it may not be on those roads. But I have seen it on the trip around the M25 the numerous times I did it last week too and they sit in the nearside lane going along at just about 50mph! Just a waste in my mind

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I entirely agree (and was trying - unsuccessfully - to wind you up!).
I believe these folks have more money than sense (sadly for us 'clever' poor people).
I WAS speaking from experience though - before I married (!) I had a full-race Lotus 37 that I used to drive on the road, and every Kevin would speed-up when I overtook them until they overhauled my moderate speed and then baulk my progress. I soon learned to give it a squirt and make it more difficult for them (hoping that Plod wasn't about).
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Its all about image and flaunting ones wealth. As a mode of transport its less practical and to be honest not a lot quicker than some of these super sports saloons such as the S6 or M series of BMWs

At least with super saloons you can transport more than 2 and fill it with clobber which is more than can be said of a Ferrari.

A Ferrari is an indulgence. A Saturday/track day car... how many 150,000 mile Ferraris do you see?...none
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>how many 150,000 mile Ferraris do you see?

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For a car to achieve a high mileage it has be reliable - which is why I'm suspicious about 'low-mileage' cars. Have they spent time being repaired?
(Having had several 100,000 milers from new . . . )
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Steady 50mph in a Ferrari on a motorway...maybe the driver can't work the gear paddles well enough to get out of first!
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Old 5th Oct 2005, 17:40
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Trackdays !!!!!!!

Goodwood is my favourite. Taking Fordwater flat in 4th before burying the brakes for St Mary's is pure joy. The double apex at Lavant is a technical challenge before you can relax and floor the throttle for the straight.

I'm looking forward to visiting the circuit by air too It should involve considerably less tyre-wear .... as long as I can improve my landings beforehand.
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They should give some special training to anyone who buys a high performance car... Those beasts definitely need a rating kind of thing before you get the most out of them.

I know and have seen many people who wrecked an art piece just because they thought it can handle the absurd tricks they were trying to pull out...

What makes a car different is who drives it You gotta love it to drive it
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Old 5th Oct 2005, 18:11
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I agree with you LuckyStrike. When I purchased my WRX the dealership threw in an Advanced Driving/Winter Driving course. The winter part of it was great for me as I had never really driven in those sorts of conditions before.

It was funny though as there were four of us on the same day, and one of the guys there was a 20 year old student who had a rich daddy to buy his car for him. Guess who we let go on the track first (admittedly, he did make it through the first corner before he spun off and beached it)
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Old 5th Oct 2005, 19:00
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Hi TnT I feel your pain....

I see the same thing when out on my main stress relief device (my rather fast sleek black motorbike...vroom vroom)

The difference is that I come across other bikes all the time, those who can ride ever so fast in straight lines but cannot go around corners (the best bit on a bike!!) for toffee. Check out the chicken strips for all you need to know.......
 
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A ferrari.......doing 30 mph in a 30 mph speed limit.......OUTRAGEOUS!!!! Who do these rich people think they are!!!!
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