Most amazing car you've driven?

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  1. jonesn

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    This isn't so much for everyone to brag, but rather to get an idea of who has experience with which cars.

    I worked for Ferrari about two years ago and they let me drive (for a short time) a black F50 we received in on trade. There's only 6 made in that color, and it looked absolutely beautiful. The car was surreal at performance and feel, not to mention the attention a 20 year old gets in that car. After driving it, going back to the 360's and 550's was sort of a disapointment :)

    (Since OTupload is down, I can't post the pic myself. If you really want to see the pics, I'll send them to someone)
     
  2. curiousgeorgeM3

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    Sounds a lot like bragging to me :rolleyes:
     
  3. Buck-O

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    Most impressive car i ever drove performance wise was a 2001 C5 Lingenfelter twin turbo Corvette. Drove 5 laps with it arond California Speedway, i was to chicken shit and only pushed it up to 185, the owner of the car trapped on the back straight at 203...i nearly pissed myself.
    I rode in a McLaren F1 once...for one rather mundane, and lethargic lap of Leguna Seca.
    And aside from that ive driven my fare share of Ferreris, 360, 355C, 512TR, never an F40 or F50 though. Ive driven just about every car in the Porche and BMW stable, including a full prep 911 GT2. Even got to drive a late 80's Countach once...biggest let down ever. An NSX here, and there, that all really...not to much more beyond that int he way of "exotics". But plenty of other preped race cars of varying types.
     
  4. DasVWBabe

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  5. nyuaznguy

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    To date, my M3 is the nicest car I've ever driven.

    Hopefully i'll be successful enough to drive a porsche turbo.. or ferrari
     
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    [QUOTE='Buck-O' i was to chicken shit and only pushed it up to 185, [/QUOTE]

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    yeah only 185...
     
  7. curiousgeorgeM3

    curiousgeorgeM3 naughty little monkey

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    Just a shot in the dark but when you were riding in the McLaren was it being driven by a guy that currently instructs for Skip Barber?
     
  8. wnut

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    i think it was called an amc gremlin
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    best looking, best performing, best handling, absolutely the sexiest car i've driven!!!
     
  9. TriShield

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    My father's 2001 750iL, for luxury, performance, and practicality (except when it snows, it doesn't like snow and ice).

    For pure performance, the 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. I test drove one in Minneapolis over a year ago. I could have taken out a brand new M5 that day as well from Sears, but didn't have the time to go for a ride.

    :wtc:
     
  10. Pottenza

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    Porsche 993 Cs, others include... mostly classics though, my father was a classic nut. Ferrari 308Gtb, 308Gt4, Lamborghini Espada, Ford Escort Rs Cosworth, i guess the most fun would be the 740Is, we used to own, fast&Comfortable......
    and finally, for luxury... > 1973 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow 2
     
  11. someguy

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    An M5 can do that, nothing that special :wiggle:
     
  12. $entenza

    $entenza Saudade, Beco.

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    Of all the car's u've driven, which manufacturer makes the best "Driver's cars" if you can categorize them like that, and which one was u're all time favourite?
     
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    C32 *The M3 Executioner*

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  14. MB300E87

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    my last car the 300E was the most impressive car i've driven. nothing special.

    most amazing car i've been in while its been driven is a Ford F150 Lightning.
     
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  16. Omega6_Virus

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    Well, for me it would be the most exspensive car I've driven which was an Infiniti I30. 255 hp V6. It was a loaner while my moms car got fixed. Very nice car for 30k.
     
  17. Buck-O

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    Well, it depends on how you want to clasify a "Drivers Car"...thats preaty broad field to try and fill with one car.

    Plus it depends on what you consider to be a drivers car. But, ill try to do my best to fill in the blanks.

    The car that i remember the most, and often refer to the most as being the greatest drivers car, is a Mazda Miata...prepped for Solo-II. Now, i know you must be thinking im on crack. But, that car had the most amazing chassis feedback ive felt in any car. Every bit of input inthe car, brake, throttle, steering, made the car respond, and you got imidiate feedback. It was fun to play with different braking and throttle techniques, becuase each different input gave it a differnt action. It was an amazing piece of chassis work. It was a shame though, becuase the car was still bound to the limitations of the stock chassis design. And unfortunatly, alot of the purpose built Super-7 kit cars where beating him to a pulp. But on open track days...it was a blast...two people in the car, cruising around...passing corvettes on extreme outbrakes into corners. Just a blast to drive. And what i consider my favorite drivers car in terms of fun factor.

    Favorite drivers car for big grin factor is a toss up...between either the Ferreri F360, or the Porche 911 GT2. For performance the GT2 is unbelievable! Its just amazing how quickly the thing accelerates, and brakes. Its a very easy car to drive to the limit (well, provided you can handle it), and considering its price...its a lot of race car for that cheap. The GT2 just devoured Leguna Seca. Coming down the corkscrew, and through the sweeping left hander downhill, the car has amazing grip, and rockets down the shot shoot feeling almost like its going to lift the front wheels. And your scences are just going...:eek::eek::eek:
    The F360 is in a different class, its not that it has gobs of horsepower...which it does, but its more of a balanced car that is all about finesse. It brakes on a dime, and accelerates very smoothly and linier. Unlike the porche which has gobs of low end punch, the ferreri is more high strung, and loves to rev hard and high. The thing that i love about this car, is the brakes, and the padel shifting. THe brakes are unbelievable. Imidiate stopping power, and no fade. THe porche brakes well too, but i felt more at home and relaxed with the Ferreri then i did with the Porche, which was really more of a thinking mans type of car in it aproach to driving. And of course...the sound...how can you forget that sound?! The V8 is amazing, it screams of perfection. And it just feels like your always balanced, and always in control...but doing it at 150 MPH, with neck snapping acceleration, and butter smooth electronic shifts. This tranny is NOT some Acura Manumatic bullshit. Its the real deal, and it works! Pounding up the the corkscrew on the uphill section, running up to 5th, and dropping down to 2nd through the corkscrew, usually its a bit fiddly...in the F360...brake like the wind, and tapp your left hand back as fast as it will go. Its that smooth and accurate. And theres just somthing inherantly cool about driving a bright red Marinello Red Ferreri.

    And my all time favorite car, that i hope to one day own...
    Caterham Super-7 R-500.
    Ive never been able to drive a real one, ive only ever once seen a real one. But after driving many a Super-7 kit car...i can only imagine the feel of the real R-500.

    Hope i didnt ramble to much, and hopfully that answeres your question.
     
  18. curiousgeorgeM3

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    Buck-O is my hero :bowdown:
     
  19. $entenza

    $entenza Saudade, Beco.

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    Oh My!, Buck-o, you cannot imagine how much i envy you. I can only compare you to "tiff Needel" the test driver for the BBC's "TOP GEAR". The car's you've driven make me salvinate at sight, and weep inside at the sound of their engines roaring.
    I hope one day to have enough money to afford a car like that.
    On another note, do u race cars? and tell me about the Corkscrew, I'm familiar with that corner at L-S, it's amazing on T.V, and And on PS, but how does it really feel like in real life?? it must be a rush to the max. I imagine an unbalanced car has alot of over-steer coming over the crest?? or would it depend on the car??

    Anyways, it's damn nice to talk to someone with track experience. I've raced Karts for 4 years now, and am confident that no car can ever match the rush that a go-kart gives you. Mainly cus it's so small and responsive. :)

    Please tell about some of your good moments on track.. i'd like to hear bout em.. :)
     
  20. black jesus

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  21. Buck-O

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    Trust me guys, its not as glamerous as it all sounds. Yeah, its fun driving around in them, yeah it really makes you appreciate fine engineering. But at the end of the track day, when you get done driving a $250,000 car, and then step back into your Integra...its kinda depressing. Yeah the integra was a beast in its own right. And it was a BLAST to drive, and could corner witht he best of them. But at the end of it all, its still a fucking Honda. :happysad: Its just not all that fun driving a car you know you will never be able to afford. I mean shit...now im dirving a damn Sentra GXE...wooo....exciting.
    But even still, ill admit it is a blast, and i love doing it. Its a thrill and exeleration that cant be described. Its just a shame that A: i dont live in So-Cal anymore, and B: my SCCA Pro licence is expired. (at the time i couldent afford to renew it, and now i would have to start all over in Solo to re-gain my pro-licence, and i dont have a car really capable of running in Solo effectivly anymore). I have plenty of M$ buddies up here in WA that ahve nice cars, but most dont like the facilties at Seattle International Raceway, and its to far of a drive to Portland International Raceway. So who knows if ill ever get to do that sort of thing again...but at least i can say im one of the very few to have driven a GT2 around Laguna-Seca at a full tilt boogie.

    To answer your questions $entenza...

    Do i race cars? No, not currently, and not very often when i ahd my licence. THe racing schedule didnt fit my work schedule, and so i never really progressed as far beyond the club level as i would to have liked. Plus i shifted my focus more tword rallying at the end, rather then road racing. One day ill be back in the drivers seat though. Hopfully. :x:

    The corkscrew: What a mess that corner is. Its hard to really describe the actual way the car handles over the crest, and down through the compression, becuase it changes with every car, depending on setup, driveline, and especially weight distrobution.
    The main things about the corner is the run up to the braking zone. Its somewhat uneven, and wavey. So if you have a car with minimal downforce, and no ABS, it gets REAL hairy. Becuase your coming over a slight crest, and the car is lifting, so the tires have patch contact with the road surface. So your really having to modulate your braking coming over. Now you have to brake slightly while turning in over the top of the corkscrew...and aside from a distance marker out your left window, you really cant see the apex your shooting for. Then as you round over the top your heart lifts up to your throat, and you feel weightless as the car clears over the creast, then before your insides have a chance to settle, you have you find your next apex, and turn the car to the right aiming tword the center of the short straigt. Then as the car comes down the screw, it begins to compress through the corner, and stick like glue. And little do you realize it at the time, but the car is kicking out sideways ever so slightly as you begin to bring power back on smoothly heading tword the sweeping left hander. Just to recap in shorter form, you come flying over a crest bairly able to slow down enough, go weightless over the blind crest, then slam your guts back down in your seat before you get a chance to swallow your heat back into its normal posision. Yeah, its totally intence! The trickiest, and greatest corner in morotsport as far as im conscerned, and certaintly one of the best in the US, without a doubt. And no matter how many time you make laps there, no two ways over the screw are ever alike. Theres always some little difference, and its what adds so much charecter to the course.

    Some of the best racers inteh worl came from karting, so youve got places you can go if you really want to in that racing field. Unfortunatly ive never had a chance to really competitivly race a kart, mostly becuase i weigh 230+ pounds, the lightest ive ever been in my adult life was 215...so...im not exactly what you would call a kart jockey.
    Best of luck to you, motorsports is one of those things you can grow old with, and one that you always find that little extra somthing to make you go faster.

    And as for Tiff Needle...:down: I personally am not to impressed witht he guy...but even still...it must be nice being who he is.
     
  22. Buck-O

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    BTW, thanks for not posting a dozen :bsflag: replies. I was really expecting that when i first posted in this thread.
     
  23. Redline Racer

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    Just out of curiosity Buck-O, why does Tiff Needell, a man with a total of 34 years motorsport experience including 14 Le Mans drives (including a podium finish), who has raced in Formula-1, GT and Touring Cars fail to impress you?

    Granted his success at the top-end of motorsport has been limited, but in terms of diversity and experience he's one hell of a guy.
     
  24. Buck-O

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    Well, he certaintly is acomplished, and he does have some good driving skills. Ive personally never been on a track with him, and probibly never will, but having spoken to those that have, they all have generally negative comments about him. Most of which is that he suffers from "test driver" syndrome. Meaning, when hes just on the track by himself, he can turn laps with the best of them...put another competitor on the same track and the guy freaks out. Aparently hes a shover, a punter, and a cronic blocker. Not opening up lines when the other driver is an obvious overtake, and not courtesy yeilding to a passed or passing driver punting them off line as often as he can. And hes really overly cocky on and off the track...more so on. But aparently once he gets a pint in him, and hes away from teh track, hes not a half bad guy. But there are certain things ive seen him do when he was racing for Lister in the FIA-GT that made me gasp at his audasity. I have respect for him as a racer, and as a person, but as a driver im a little less willing to throw out the kudos.
     
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    Tracked F40, Tuscan S, a mad mad Cerbera with a turbo, ridden in a Storm, my slow ass 996, Evo Hakkinen Edition, a few 355s, 22B, numerous AMG cars. my family is a fixture at track days

    most dissapointing car: 360 :down: 355 is better in every respect

    favorite car: RENNtech SL 7.4
     

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