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Fast Car Slow Or Slow Car Fast?

Posted in driving, Rants & Raves, Rides by Kurt Ernst | March 23rd, 2011 | 15 Responses |

The Corvette, poster child of the fast-car-slow crowd. Image: © GM Corp.

Those of us passionate about cars generally fall into one of two camps: on the one side are drivers who buy cars like the Chevy Corvette or the BMW Z4, then drive them as if they were a 1980 Renault LeCar with two cylinders low on compression. The other side is populated by drivers like myself, who spend a disproportionate amount of time pondering how to make more pedestrian (i.e., affordable) cars go faster. My own MX-5, for example, sports an inch and a half drop on stiffer springs and beefier sway bars set up for far less understeer than stock. The car also has a Flyin’ Miata exhaust, although I’d be the first to admit this is more for sound appeal (and weight savings) than any significant performance gains. I keep meaning to install a cold air intake and send the ECU out for reprogramming, but that costs money that simply isn’t in the budget these days.

Here’s my question for RideLust readers: are you a fast car slow guy, or a slow car fast guy? What do you like better: flogging your car at 10/10s, or simply knowing that your car COULD be flogged at 10/10s? If you’re a fast-car-slow guy, what’s your motivation? Is it enough to own the car of your dreams without testing the limits of performance? If you’re a slow car fast guy, at what point do you throw in the towel and stop modding in order to save for a faster ride?

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15 Responses

  1. Andy says:

    Why not best of both… that small class of 4 door sports cars? I drive the Subie WRX cause I have a family – but like to tinker and go faster.

  2. al says:

    Fast car fast. Beats both.

  3. Canrith says:

    I agree on the why not both. Own two cars, one classic iron, and one modern pony-car. Both are capable of serious fun, but only one of them is getting modded.

  4. Dave says:

    I’m a fast-car slow kinda guy. My IROC is pushing 425HP but I like to keep it in the slow lane at 65 MPH. Sure, if someone wants to go, I’ll send them crying to their mommies, but otherwise I don’t see a need to waste expensive fuel.

  5. Art says:

    Fast car slow guys alternately crack me up and annoy me. Annoyed mainly when they are clogging up the left lane.

    Not really a fast car, but several years back I had a new Mustang GT convertible and a guy at work had a new Camaro he had been doing some minor mods on and was all excited. One day he starts in with “man, had the Camaro up to 90 yesterday and it was rock solid. Have you spun up the Mustang?” I felt kind of bad but admitted that I hit 120 on the turnpike on the way home from work the other day, and hitting 90 briefly is a typical commute. The look on his face – priceless!

  6. Ryan says:

    I think i would have to be fast car fast….i want a fast car a i want to find its limits too

  7. J D Stadler says:

    After speeding tickets and insurance increases, I’m too paranoid to drive my slow car fast

  8. James says:

    Hammering Nissan GTR enough said.

  9. Set says:

    Slow car fast guy, for sure.

  10. fast_eddie says:

    slow car fast is a kick .i like driving my E/G hatch grocery getter that’s built and tuned, and i pull away from tailgaters any chance i get.since any jerk can go 70 in a mini van i wait for them to catch up to me and i do again,have fun with that.however if i had a hot vette i would tool around knowing i could spank anything but don’t,both ways are great.

  11. Kurt Ernst says:

    I’m a slow car fast guy, only because I’ve never had the budget to own a truly fast car. Still, you’ve got to love the thrill of driving a slow car at 10/10ths on public roads, something you can’t do with a Z06 Corvette (if you want to keep your license).

  12. Taylor says:

    Slow car/fast thoughts guy.

    Depends on the base car but all of the slow cars that I’ve had in the past honestly weren’t worth the money to make them go fast.

    For each car, I learned its limits and drove it like a rented mule, all the time thinking fast thoughts.

  13. Adam says:

    How about fast-car-practical?

    Do want a VW Golf R ;)

  14. ptschett says:

    Fast-car-fast is the ultimate fun, but slow-car-fast has more opportunities for fun in the real world where there are Prii and other slow-car-slow types.

    For example either of my cars, on dry pavement, can negotiate a 25 MPH posted freeway cloverleaf at something more like 55. For my pickup it’s more like 40-45 before it starts understeering. I can be at the pickup’s limits and still be closer to abiding by the spirit of the law than taking the cloverleaf at a speed that’s still boring in one of the cars.

  15. PFULMTL says:

    Slow car Fast guy. I have this fascination for small light cars like the Lotus Elise, which I think Lotus has the right mindset. Cars with more horsepower cost more, so make the car much lighter with moderate amounts of horses, and you get an equally fun ride and it looks great too.