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What would you drive flat out?

Posted in Cars, driving, Fast Cars, Favorite Cars by MrAngry | September 24th, 2010 | 9 Responses |

Ever just sit back and think about what type of machine you would want to drive flat out at speed. I do this on a daily basis and when I tell you that trying to cut the list down to one car is almost impossible. Most people out there would simply pick something like a Bugatti Veyron or a Mclaren F1, but for me cars like that are too easy. Modern day cars in my opinion take away something from the experience of running flat out on a clear open stretch of tarmac. They possess to many electronic nannies that can get you out of trouble and remove that balls to the wall sensation that you should feel when pushing at 100%.

Mercedes Benz SLR

Climb into a new Mercedes SLR for example and all you have to do to achieve its top speed of 208 mph is simply put your foot down. Sure there is a thrill there, but that thrill is marred by all the technology that Mercedes put into the car to make it one of the best cars on the planet. On the other end of the spectrum are the cars from yesteryear. Cars that are made out of real metal, not composite materials like those of today. These cars are mechanical in every sense of the word and give the drivers a connected feeling and sensation of speed that the cars of today could never hope to achieve.

Driving a car on the edge should feel that way. It should make all the hairs on the back of your neck stand up when you’re pushing it to the limit and fill you with a sense of fear and excitement. That’s what flat out driving feels like. Like I said, I’d have a very tough time making a decision as to what I would want to drive at maximum tilt. I can tell you this though – it would be old, before the days of fuel injection. It would be equipped with some sort of Detroit built V8 engine and visually it would have to scare me a little bit, only then would it get the nod. Each car guy out there has a ride that lurks somewhere in the back of their brain. The big question is… what is it? What car out there would make you drop everything for the opportunity to drive it flat out. Me, I simply don’t know…

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9 Responses

  1. ds440 says:

    A Group C LeMans prototype…..Porsche 962, Porsche 956, Sauber Mercedes C9, or even the Toyota 88C or Mazda 787. No cupholders, no stereo, no leather seat warmers. There are a couple of onboard videos floating around of these cars at full throttle down the Mulsanne and at the ‘Ring. Phenomenal.

  2. Gabriel says:

    Lancia Stratos.

  3. Big Russ says:

    i woiuld have to say a 1950’s full sized Pontiac sedan or Impala…. cause they look good sitting still, cruisin slow, but i would love to feel the power kickin in a straight line..

  4. DaveMofo says:

    I did 155 on my motorcycle. I don’t plan on doing it again.

  5. CoolKid says:

    1969 Chevy Corvette ZL1 or 1971 Plymouth ‘Cuda Hemi

  6. inthebuff says:

    I did it once in an Audi S5 cabrio on US 93 heading out to Extraterrestrial HWY north of Vegas. it was a rental car…Now that was fun.

  7. Nephilim says:

    Foll open throttle going downhill I managed to hit 90mph in my ’74 VW baja bug. The unbaffled stinger was shrieking and the vibrations from the skinnies up front, BFG all terrain T/A’s in the back and completely worn suspension bushings could only be described as unholy. Felt like the whole car was going to detonate.

  8. Nephilim says:

    Forgot to mention – if i had my choice to go all out it’d be in a 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner.