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?