Originally Posted by mrhan
That's true but most people that buy high performance cars have more money than sense. I can picture some idiot with no real driving experience turning it off just to see what happens. They buy these cars and never take a real driving school. If you can afford the car you can surely afford a 3 day driving class on a racetrack and really know how to use the damn car.
A lot of guys who buy super or hyper cars never really drive them "fast" fast.
And for good reason, they know they lack the skills or large attachments
necessary to do so.
The professionals (doctors, lawyers, etc.) typically buy one as a status symbol.
Nothing wrong with that; it's their $$$.
However, like you say, if they want to drive their vehicles FAST, they absolutely do need to take driving lessons from a professional instructor (which are usual available thru a local track).
Otherwise, very bad things can happen...
i've actually driven the last generation Viper in the rain on Laguna Seca. That car is a monster. Then my instructor took me for some hot laps around the track and scared the crap out of me. He was drifting the car in the rain.
It's a humbling experience to ride along with a pro.
I'm assuming you know that track. It's not a fast track by any sense but a technical one with a lot of curves.
I was there this summer for the ALMS race and had a great time....would love to spend a few hours driving the track in my V.
Originally Posted by Morpheo
I thought this tragedy was still fresh to say the least and I figured maybe it was not the time to engage in a discussion about cars and all.
This discussion is about the death of a famous actor who died in car crash involving a supercar and excess speed.
Sharing info concerning personal knowledge and experience of the elements involved in his death with other posters is NOT off-topic.
Unfortunately, this doesn't really show us much.
Considering the neighborhood, I thought there would be some surveillance cam footage somewhere.
Wouldn't be surprised if more surfaces....
Originally Posted by mrhan
Yes, there is according to Walter Röhrl. He is a member of the design team and one of the fastest drivers around.
"Even with the ASC traction control active, the Carrera GT has a relatively lively rear end. Since there's no stability control-Porsche's PSM system is absent here-a degree of sudden sideways motion is liable to turn one's remaining hair a slightly lighter shade of gray. Rohrl says, "It's fun with a safety net, because the slide is always induced by g-force, not throttle-controlled wheelspin."
During the development of the Carrera GT, famed Porsche tester and man with gigantic brass attachments Walter Rohrl told Australian website Drive that he was actually scared of the car and wanted them to fit traction control because of the unpredictable behavior at the limit.
If Rohrl considered it to be potentially lethal at the limit, that's all one needs to know.
Like I said before, only a fool jumps into a car like this without fully appreciating or respecting what it's capable of.