What's the fastest 'feeling' car you've been in?

What's the fastest 'feeling' car you've been in?

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anonymous-user

12 months

Thursday 7th November 2019
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The Atom feels great after a while away from it. It got to the point it felt 'normal', which was exactly the right time to walk away from it for a few weeks biggrin

Gio G

2,496 posts

167 months

Thursday 7th November 2019
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Two cars for me, that stuck in my mind.. First is the Cerb, I have been in significantly more powerful cars, but these just have the right dynamics to feel fast as a passenger. The second was an RS2, as I thought it was a boggo Audi Estate at the time and the acceleration took me by surprise..

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unsprung

4,917 posts

82 months

Thursday 7th November 2019
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yonex said:
It got to the point it felt 'normal', which was exactly the right time to walk away from it for a few weeks biggrin
probably a wise choice

...and not too different from the adage coined by early airmail pilot, E. Hamilton Lee: "There are old pilots and bold pilots, but no old, bold pilots."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Bold_Pilots_Asso...





mattmurdock

1,875 posts

191 months

Thursday 7th November 2019
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Clearly my old Caterham R500D, full bore either elicited silence, screams or involuntary giggles from passengers.

Weirdest driving experience of my life was returning from a blat in the Caterham to then drive my wife's classic 1972 Fiat 500 over for an MOT - not sure I could find a more disparate pair of RWD cars!

DBSV8

5,085 posts

196 months

Thursday 7th November 2019
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Lotus 22 ..............road car

400kg with 160hp Kawasaki tuned race bike engine , 6 speed sequential gears quaife dif


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXyvwaLCtOM

Matt Harper

5,922 posts

159 months

Thursday 7th November 2019
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Lightweight, with a nitrous-oxide injected 351ci Ford - it ran consistent 13 sec quarters (no big deal today, but back in the mid 80's that was fast for a street car).

UTH

1,180 posts

136 months

Friday 8th November 2019
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Old Merc said:
In 2005 I had a flat out passenger ride around Castle Combe race track in Richard Burns Subaru Impreza WRC driven by Colin McRae. The sensation from a standing start made me feel faint,I thought I was going to throw up in my helmet. Luckily I came back to life under braking for the first corner. That was an experience I will never forget.



Edited by Old Merc on Thursday 7th November 16:14
You are a very very lucky man! smile

red997

1,282 posts

167 months

Friday 8th November 2019
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road car - modified Panamera Turbo @ Bruntingthorpe
track car - 997 Cup on slicks
(both mine)

irfan1712

1,009 posts

111 months

Friday 8th November 2019
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i had a test drive in a Tesla Model S P100d at Goodwood FOS last year.

by far the quickest I have been (and probably ever will) go to 60mph, I cant even imagine having that under my right foot for every day driving. Completely brutal acceleration, dimmed a little by no noise.

I have an E63s now and while this car in standard form scares most of my passengers, I still think that Tesla was a completely different level of brutal. Still wouldn't have one though

RT7500

64 posts

13 months

Friday 8th November 2019
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600bhp Evo VI - It felt like it was accelerating into another dimension. My friend sold it after a week as he fearedhe'd kill himself in it.

Caddyshack

2,484 posts

164 months

Friday 8th November 2019
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DBSV8 said:
Lotus 22 ..............road car

400kg with 160hp Kawasaki tuned race bike engine , 6 speed sequential gears quaife dif


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXyvwaLCtOM
Wow, was it hard to get on the road?

How old was the car?

GIYess

1,066 posts

59 months

Friday 8th November 2019
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Lotus Esprit my BIL had. No sure what engine unfortunately. I felt like I couldn't breathe for a few seconds. Funnily I had a run in a Lamborghini Gallardo? possibly. (Sorry they all look quite similar to me in the last 10 years) It was brand new in 2009 or so. Anyway I was disappointing as it did't feel nearly as fast as the Esprit.

thelostboy

3,917 posts

183 months

Friday 8th November 2019
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I was privileged that on a private test day that a racing friend let me have a go in their Aston Martin AMR1. I was there testing our Mustang and Elan, so to step up to a Group C car was quite something! They have about 600bhp and weigh just over 900kg.

Even sitting in the car is hugely intimidating - it is such a wide car; you're sat down low and all the controls are really weighty. The steering is heavy, the clutch is heavy, and the gearshift gate finicky like a formula car. Of course, there is the small matter of knowing the car's value too!

You then have this huge V8 engine behind you didn't seem to care what gear it was. Oh, and of course the slicks were fairly old and not up to temperature.



Being a race car, there is no sound deadening. You hear everything, and that really exaggerates the sense of speed (that and your arse is on the floor).

After a few laps I got used to the feeling and realised how forgiving it was, with the huge aero sucking the thing to the ground. It felt like a big Elise - genuinely. However, it always remained physical, and I can't imagine the effort to drive it for a stint at Le Mans in period.

JuniorD

7,758 posts

181 months

Friday 8th November 2019
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While not the fastest shifting thing I've been in, the most surprised I've been was riding as passenger in a Range Rover SVR. The acceleration, coupled with the relative floatiness of the suspension actually made me feel rather queasy.

DBSV8

5,085 posts

196 months

Friday 8th November 2019
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Caddyshack said:
DBSV8 said:
Lotus 22 ..............road car

400kg with 160hp Kawasaki tuned race bike engine , 6 speed sequential gears quaife dif


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXyvwaLCtOM
Wow, was it hard to get on the road?

How old was the car?
1962 Peter Denty chassis , like to convert car to take a lotus twin cam .....if i can find one ?

lots of fun , on the road , video was in France hence wrong side of the road ,

after several years languishing in a French barn , i brought her back to restore , here's my 5 year old son using it as a pedal car




fooby

326 posts

58 months

Friday 8th November 2019
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R34 GTR which oddly enough belonged to the guy that does maintenance for my landlord. Can't remember exactly what had been done but he told me it was putting out about 450bhp with a fair amount of weight reduction. Properly pinned you to the back of the seat holding on for dear life.

greggy50

5,059 posts

149 months

Friday 8th November 2019
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VTEC Engined Classic Mini
Only about 180hp but felt terrifying

In terms of driving a Tesla P100D Model S the acceleration is ridiculous on them it's so effortless, I have never been in anything else that felt even close.



Edited by greggy50 on Friday 8th November 18:09

Lester H

1,218 posts

63 months

Friday 8th November 2019
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The O.P. did specify fastest feeling not fastest. So for me it was original Mini with Downton (DanielRichmond) conversion.

DuckAvenger

267 posts

91 months

Friday 8th November 2019
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Back in the day when Alfa 156 was available for a test drive. It was in middle of the winter here in Finland. I happily coasted along and then suddenly I had to do emergency breaking. Didn't even notice that I was speeding (about 150-160) while others were doing about 60-70. (Two lane highway and I didn't see them because of the curve)

Alfa156 with 2.5 motor. Brilliant, brilliant car

Fermit and Sexy Sarah

8,458 posts

58 months

Friday 8th November 2019
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A circa 700bhp Nissan GTR, followed by a friends AMG GTC. Both felt savage.