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

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

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Plate spinner

13,542 posts

147 months

Thursday
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hammo19 said:
Good question this one....of all the cars I have driven I would say the Saab 9-3 Aero estate was the one that made me feel like it was controlling me when accelerating. Fighting with the power oversteer was frightening but fun
Sorry to be ‘that’ guy... but power oversteer in a FWD car??

Caddyshack

1,570 posts

153 months

Thursday
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Plate spinner said:
hammo19 said:
Good question this one....of all the cars I have driven I would say the Saab 9-3 Aero estate was the one that made me feel like it was controlling me when accelerating. Fighting with the power oversteer was frightening but fun
Sorry to be ‘that’ guy... but power oversteer in a FWD car??
Think the poster meant torque steer.

My 205 4x4 with lightweight panels and 469 bhp Cossie felt 1000cc bike quick, it is just getting a stroker engine and 630 bhp.

yonex

15,411 posts

115 months

Thursday
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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

2,196 posts

156 months

Thursday
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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

3,675 posts

71 months

Thursday
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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

1,808 posts

180 months

Thursday
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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

4,888 posts

185 months

Thursday
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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

5,738 posts

148 months

Thursday
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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

318 posts

125 months

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

1,250 posts

156 months

road car - modified Panamera Turbo @ Bruntingthorpe
track car - 997 Cup on slicks
(both mine)

irfan1712

913 posts

100 months

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

37 posts

2 months

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

1,570 posts

153 months

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

1,008 posts

48 months

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

3,593 posts

172 months

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

6,677 posts

170 months

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

4,888 posts

185 months

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

320 posts

47 months

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

4,849 posts

138 months

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

966 posts

52 months

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