Originally Posted by fjames
No, but west coast (central CA.)
I asked because we had the very same thing happen up here.
The difference was the kid was also killed.
Dumba$$ killed himself and an innocent kid...probably showing off to the boy.
You're basically making the argument that a reasonable person would make who has some experience with fast cars
So you don't count
Although I do drive fast, I am in no way, shape or form a racecar driver.
I know where my limits and the limits of my cars are.
With the exception of my V....its limits exceed my courage. :-)
The Golden Rule is if the car to starts to "break loose," LIFT
, keep the nose of the car in the direction you want to go and don't panic.
Many wrecks in exotics happen when a driver panics and over-corrects.
Track days are fun for many, and if I was in the area I'd probably rent an exotic just to have the chance to drive it.
Like I said, check out the place in Vegas....very professionally run and you can do laps on a real roadcourse.
If you have enough track time in a decent car, you have some of the experience of a pro, so at least in terms of the car you're somewhere up the learning curve.
Almost every roadcourse or speedway has private companies using the tracks during off days and holding Driver Schools taught by racecar drivers (usually retired).
There are at least 2 near you that do: Laguna Seca and Sonoma.
Even if I had the money, I wouldn't have an exotic (which I'm defining by absurd power/weight ratios.) Actually, I realized some time ago that they don't build a car for me anymore. The ones I like - small and medium size German sedans from the factory sport works, aren't remotely practical because of their small gas tanks and limited range. That probably doesn't makes sense if you don't know that I've driven extensively over the western states. For many years it was probably my favorite activity - load up and go for a week or so. When you're sweating finding gas after just 200 miles, you're pretty limited in what you can do.
Factory "sport works" don't get great mileage and for the most part, they can't.
Some may do it better
than others, but the bottom line is it takes fuel to generate power...there is no way around it.
Maybe the best example of getting good highway mileage is a newer Vette.
Highway MPG is around 25.
It's done by using the highest gear in a manual and cruising at 55 or 60.
The engine will be turning over at less than 2,000 RPM. ;-)
Hey, what about an M3 or M5?
IIRC, the Audi S cars get decent MPG.
I guess I'd have to settle for some damn Porsche ...
Don't do that....it's the car for posers. :-)