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Old Feb 22, 2017, 08:32 PM   #1
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Default It's better to drive a slow car fast than it is to...

Why You'll Never Learn to Be Fast Until You Get Rid of Your Fast Car



"In fact, I'm so sick of "slow cars fast," and the passive-aggressive, player-hater mentality that typically accompanies it, that I've come up with a snippy little response that I deliver at every opportunity: "Sure, but it's better to drive a fast car fast than it is to spend your life chugging along in a slow car." You're a fool if you think that some of the big-bore drivers out there aren't pushing just as hard, and just as skillfully, as the most talented Spec Miata racer in your local SCCA region. Not everybody with a "Jake" emblem on his Z06 is an utter moron, you know. Some of them can really wheel.

http://www.roadandtrack.com/car-cult...your-fast-car/
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Old Feb 22, 2017, 09:01 PM   #2
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Cool article, definitely makes good points too.
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If this article was written by anyone other than Jack Baruth I wouldn't have taken a word of it seriously.
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Yeah but it is not nearly as exciting.
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Yeah but it is not nearly as exciting.
Then you aren't driving hard enough...
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Then you aren't driving hard enough...
You can only push a Miata gas pedal into the floor so far, it's not going to make it any quicker.
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You can only push a Miata gas pedal into the floor so far, it's not going to make it any quicker.
It's easier to drive a Miata at its limits than a Ferrari. Driving at the limits is exciting, even if it's not terribly fast.
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You can only push a Miata gas pedal into the floor so far, it's not going to make it any quicker.
Any real race driver will tell you that they would rather drive a race prepped Miata than a standard street Ferrari on a track. It's just apples to oranges.

However, it mostly will depend on the track. Driving a car like a Viper on a small track is going to be tedious. You'll never hit full throttle and you'll be muscling around it's weight through the course. However, you'll be able to fully take over the track using a Miata to it's full potential. Doing the same in reverse (i.e. driving a Miata on Road America), yea there are going to be plenty of stretches where you are just "waiting".

What the article is referring to though is mainly around looking at lap times. You can run a fast lap in a fast car, but that doesn't make you a fast driver. For instance, on some tracks, my S2000 is 5-6 seconds faster than a street driven C7 Z06.
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