March 30, 2010 12:55 PM |
Posted By: Holley
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 2 members
Thrill of Driving
When Dickie Meaden purchased is 964RS I remember reading that Walter Rohrl (is that how you spell it?)was looking for a similar car. This surprised me, surely a 964 with its meagre 260bhp would feel too slow, and with his skill wouldn't a GT2 or GT3 RS be more fun? Or a greater challange?
This makes me wonder if their is a perfect amount of power. Can too much power take away the 'thrill of driving'. If a car is too quick (never thought I would say this) does it require so much concentration that its hard to relax and enjoy the experience.
The easiest thrill is straight line speed because it requires very little skill. I have to admit that I have focused on this too much when deciding on my next purchase (probably because I'm rubbish at things like corners!). The problem with this is you quickly get bored, once the intial excitement of 'this is way quicker than my last car' fades, your left wanting more power. You start thinking what I really need is an M3, or a GT3,or a 599 or a Veyron!
The thing is, I can't honestly say that I can fully appreciate what these cars can do round the twisties. I have too little skill to really exploit these cars full potential. Because all I can do is hammer it in a straight line, ultimatley I'm never going to feel truly satisfied until I have a Saturn V rocket strapped to my car.
This leads me onto the Lotus Evora, I scoffed at this expensive, underpowered sportscar. I remember thinking why would anyone have this over, say a GTR or older 911 turbo. But maybe I'm missing the point. Once the 'honeymoon' period is over and you've got used to the speed of the GTR, what have I got left - a very fast car that I'm too scared to fling through the corners incase I mate with a tree!
I think I've been too lazy to learn the real 'thrills of driving' such as lift off oversteer, drifting, heel and toeing, left foot braking etc etc. Maybe once I've learnt this I can buy a 'real' drivers car like an Evora or a 964RS! Well if it's good enough for Walter....