Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini, Pagani and Gumpart. Five automobile manufacturers whose sole goal in the industry is to build some of the best super cars that money can buy. They are all ungodly fast, have looks that will make most little kids ooh and aah and persona’s that will almost always get their owners the VIP spot at any NYC restaurant. Think about for a moment the purpose for which these manufacturers really built these amazing machines for. The fact of the matter is that 99% of these automobiles are never used for their intended purposes. Take Lamborghini’s for example. On any given Friday or Saturday night I can cruise into lower Manhattan’s swanky meat packing district and see no less than 5 or 6 Gallardo’s parked outside the Gansevoort Hotel, yet at the racetrack I have yet to see any. Same goes with Ferrari, as very rarely do I see any prancing horses, prancing around anything but crowd filled Starbucks. You can also forget about any of the real high end stuff showing up and running flat out cause’ it simply doesn’t happen.
Obviously some of this has to do with the price of the cars because at the end of the day lets face it, most of these bad boys are almost the cost of a new home. That doesn’t change the fact though that they still are not being used as intended. One manufacturer that you will see there every weekend ripping it up with the masses however is Porsche. 911 Turbo’s, GT2’s, GT3’s, Boxster’s and old 944’s… these cars are getting the ever-lovin’-crap kicked out of them on a daily basis and most have the battle scars to prove it. They are one of the few supercars in which their owners take pride in beating them to death.
Another car that you have overlooked in the supercar category is America’s own Chevrolet Corvette. Now some of you will balk and say the Vette’ is not a supercar, but for those ignorant few who do so, please understand that you’d be dead wrong. Sure the Vette’ doesn’t have the same status as a Porsche, Ferrari or Lamborghini and they’re a favorite of the balding middle aged crowd, but at the end of the day what it lacks in status it more than makes up for in performance and durability. Track days are filled with Corvette’s and not because they are cheap, hell a new Z06 will set you back $75k. The difference is that they are really hard to kill… seriously, I have seen owners flog these things mercilessly for days on end with out ever touching and or adjusting a thing. Sure the interiors may not be too great, but from a mechanical standpoint these things kick-ass.
I know this is not a contest because if it was every high dollar guy would just go out and buy a Bugatti Veyron and be done with it. What this is though is just a little food for thought as to what really makes a supercar well… super. Can you drive them daily if you wanted, can they stand-up to major track day abuse and punishment and can, when the time is right, make you feel like a rock star? If your car can do that, regardless of who made it, then guess what… you own a supercar. If it can’t, well then you probably own a Honda Accord or something and you’re simply screwed. In all seriousness though, think about the above for a moment and then ask yourself the question. If you had the means to buy yourself a supercar would you really use it for its intended purpose, or would you just pose with it like most of the owners? As for me… hell, if I could afford one I’d be beating it to death every chance I could and in the process not only making myself smile but the manufacturers who created it as well.