Oh, I understand. I've driven 500bhp monsters, and they are a nightmare. I've driven supercars (Ferrari 360 Modena, 360 Challenge Stradale, Porsche 911 RUF Twin Turbo (595bhp, 680 lb/ft), and even a few track cars from Ariel Atom, Caterham and a Formula Vauxhall single seat racer. I've driven most of the tracks in the UK, and I'm sure almost every road in the Yorkshire Dales, Moors, Lake District, Peak District, and many in Scotland, Cornwall and in between. I've organised 11 of my own sports car club track days, and attended a great many more.
(Original post by Texan88)
I don't think you quite understand the difference between knowing your surroundings and being fast. It also seems like his suspension was setup completely wrong for the area and being honest a good driver in a 550hp car would completely blow past a 265hp car.
But hey what do I know. I race in the states not in the UK. Mostly on the track as well now.
On Bedford Autodrome, a mate who hires out his Lambo Murcilago (570bhp) doffs his cap to almost every Subaru on there as they fly past him in the corners. The sheer weight of his V12 monster means he cannot hold a candle to the cornering prowess of the lighter Scoob, even though both are AWD. He gains on them and could pass them easily on the straights, but only to have them pass him mid-bend yet again, which he deems dangerous, so lets them go.
The Atom is another example. Unbelievably fast on track, but so light that bumpy normal roads upset the balance constantly, and 700bhp/tonne (my mates was mod'd to 350bhp and weighed 500kg) becomes a real handful.
My own perfect UK road car would be a Litchfield Impreza Type 20, or Type 25. A perfect blend of power, grip, capability and compliance. The T25 has 415bhp and does 0-62 in 3.7s, and with longer gearing will crack 185mph, whilst still having the awesome Subaru chassis and AWD grip levels. I've driven the earlier 350bhp model, and a couple of Type 20's (slightly lower spec and power) and they are awesome too. A Jap import Spec C, especially a Type RA-R would be good too. I have no interest in racing in a straight line for a few hundred yards, but give me a thousand square miles of British countryside and I'm in my element.
Last edited by Walter Ego; 16-03-2012 at 22:07.