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

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

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Kent Border Kenny

80 posts

7 months

Wednesday 6th November
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Two different cars did it in two different ways.

My S1 Elise felt like a Kart in terms of steering, throttle response and turn-in, which overall made it feel properly fast.

Recently I’ve had a P100D Tesla, and using launch control, with a battery fully charged and at the right temperature it feels disorienting, the acceleration is so brutal, but...

The way it tails off, rather than building with speed as a petrol engines car does means that it just doesn’t feel as fast as it actually is. It makes me feel nauseous, and confused, but my significantly slower R8 actually feels more exciting even in a straight line.

Kent Border Kenny

80 posts

7 months

Wednesday 6th November
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Jag_NE said:
Oddly...I remember a Lexus Soarer Turbo (Jap Import) feeling pretty fast!

No car comes close to the feeling of a fast bike though. In terms of 0-60 the very fastest cars can be close but the noise/wind/exposure makes the bike feel faster for sure.
Nowadays the fastest cars are actually quite a bit faster. My bike (R1200GS) is huge fun, but never feels as fast to me as my cars.

Even an S1000RR would struggle against a high-end car nowadays until the speeds got silly.

CambsBill

845 posts

125 months

Wednesday 6th November
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Any of these biggrin


DuncsGTi

643 posts

126 months

Wednesday 6th November
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Kent Border Kenny said:
Nowadays the fastest cars are actually quite a bit faster. My bike (R1200GS) is huge fun, but never feels as fast to me as my cars.

Even an S1000RR would struggle against a high-end car nowadays until the speeds got silly.
Without steering this thread off topic too much, surely it's the car which struggles until the speeds get silly??

Once off the line and rolling, the bikes main strength is its acceleration until the car starts to claw it back through raw power at higher speeds?

An old vid here from autocar with a P1, 918 and a Ducati 1199 seems to demonstrate this?

https://youtu.be/bfLqa4vlmFI

Edited by DuncsGTi on Wednesday 6th November 23:08

cowboyengineer

584 posts

61 months

Wednesday 6th November
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My friends 720s I drove.

heisthegaffer

1,320 posts

145 months

Wednesday 6th November
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Brand new Uno turbo when I was 8. Was amazing.

Escy

1,963 posts

96 months

Wednesday 6th November
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I had a Toyota Corolla AE86 running a 270bhp CA18DET engine. The car was pretty light so the power to weight ratio was decent but that's only gives you half the feeling. It was a total assault on your senses when you floored it, the power delivery was violent, there was a vibration through the floor where the exhaust would rub on full load, it was loud, you would get some fumes inside the cabin, the gearing was very low so you were constantly changing gear when flat out and predictably the back end was very lively. I'd have a 10 minute drive around the block and get out feeling goosed, headache from fumes/noise, legs like jelly but a smile from ear to ear.

I had a run agaisnt an E93 M3 and it matched it performance wise so it was very fast for an AE86 but not that quick in the scheme of things. The driving experience between the 2 cars couldn't be more different, the AE86 felt very much like a car that had more power than it should of. I was intimidated by it, it was wild and I felt like a crash was on the cards so sold it while it was in one piece.

I guess for a car to feel really fast it needs to feel a bit dangerous?

Pizzaeatingking

160 posts

18 months

Wednesday 6th November
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Not been in many supercars but on a bit more of an everyday level, my mates Golf R with some mods is brutal. Nearly 500bhp and loads of grip, it felt like I was on a rollercoaster. Bonkers car.

swisstoni

8,250 posts

226 months

Wednesday 6th November
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I got a few laps as a passenger in a touring car for charity ages ago.
It was only a Toyota 2 litre or something but the way it took the corners of Snetterton made me realise that I had no idea.

Given my car experience up to that point, I fully expected us to roll over at the first fast corner hehe

jjwilde

786 posts

43 months

Wednesday 6th November
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Tesla P100D+.

Never felt anything accelerate like that. Reminded me of a fairground ride... only faster.

colin_p

2,125 posts

159 months

Wednesday 6th November
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As others have also said, Tesla Model S.

It is quite disorientating as a passenger as it happens without the usual noise you normally get with speed.




blade7

8,916 posts

163 months

Wednesday 6th November
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DuncsGTi said:
Without steering this thread off topic too much, surely it's the car which struggles until the speeds get silly??

Once off the line and rolling, the bikes main strength is its acceleration until the car starts to claw it back through raw power at higher speeds?
yes

IanJ9375

973 posts

163 months

Wednesday 6th November
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Dax Cobra my Uncle had when I was a teen - certainly the memory hasn't faded in 30yrs.
Weirdly the other was the shock of driving a friends 2L 16v Nova for the first time, very quick for the era!

knight

5,035 posts

226 months

Thursday
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Caterham 7 R500

neutral 3

3,708 posts

117 months

Thursday
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As a passenger, a pals red, mildly tweaked, 69 427cu Big Block Stingray, in 1995.
It's Torque was simply unreal. Scary tbh, as everytime he booted it, the thing slewed sideways on its "tired"
suspension.
And as a driver, my "tweaked" Griff 500. 300 hp and just over 1,000kgs, makes for a shatteringly quick car to 100.

Cloudy147

1,974 posts

130 months

Thursday
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Porsche Cayman S PDK.

The first time I drove it, got to motorway doing about 45 and stamped the pedal to see what it could do. It dropped many cogs at once and went absolutely fking mental down the road.

Scared the st out of me, as I clinged on for dear life but I loved it! Didn't do it again mind, felt far too wild for a public road. smile

gazza285

5,359 posts

155 months

Thursday
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This.


Mr Tidy

9,533 posts

74 months

Thursday
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A passenger ride in a Caterham with a tuned Vauxhall red-top at Donnington on a Club 89 track day felt ballistic driven by someone capable! My crash helmet hit the roll bar every time it changed gear. laugh

But a passenger ride in a rented Volvo Turbo on another Club 89 day driven by Jan Lammers around Silverstone demonstrating a "qualifying lap" was the most memorable!

As for what I've driven myself I'm torn between the Maserati Quattroporte I drove at Millbrook and the BMW Z4M I drove on Tuesday that just felt brutal.


richomk6

40 posts

23 months

Thursday
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Riding shotgun in a friends 800hp big single turbo Supra on a deserted highway late one evening. That was an experience that’ll stick in the memory bank for a while.

generationx

2,465 posts

52 months

Thursday
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A World Rally Car on snow and ice. Mind-bending go/stop/corner ability.