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Driving the Westfield Megabusa is one of the most insane experiences of my life. It was at the Millbrook Proving Ground. Even on the approach roads surrounding the track, I scared myself silly. It is one of those epically fast cars were my mind couldn’t keep up with the brutal acceleration. I might as well have been a passenger. The one-off throttle, six-speed sequential racing gearbox, screaming 1.3-litre Hayabusa motorbike engine and lack of windscreen (sunglasses didn’t provide the necessary wind resistance) - it’s the only car I’ve been glad to get out of. ID
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... IMO the Sinclair failed to materialise because of lack of enthusiasm.I think if it was produced,it could gain a market in some areas of the world.
... with ambition and capital;the same as with all production,certain people could employ it for fun and commuting..especially as a bicycle alternative,in places such as China or Amsterdam.
... from the rest of the gallery,the wow factor is obviously Ferrari,Jaguar,Aston Martin and TVR.
... always good to see an Audi Quattro ( and a Vauxhall Chevette ! ).
... of course,scary,is performance,is power to weight ratio (mostly). ~
Best car ever (for me) Audi RS2 - should never have sold it, great "Q" car unbelievable pace and handling, but you really had to watch it when the turbo kicked in on a wet bend.
Scariest car early 911 turbo - disappeared backwards into a field on a dry s bend.
Best fun Ducati 900SS on Isle of Man!
I'm sure that the '05 Rover 25 with wooden eco tyres was the most frightening thing that I have ever driven in driving rain.
Approaching Coventry on A45 I was doing 40mph and feeling petrified when I was overtaken by a German HGV with a trailer .
I don't think the people who wrote this has ever driven some of these cars.
The 2.3 Chevette HS was the biggest barrel of fun on this planet. It makes the later front-wheel drive hot hatches look pathetic by comparison. It's just a shame Vauxhall didn't go the whole way and put a small block V8 in it like GM South Africa did with the Firenza.
I've owned three versions of the Peugeot 205 XS (strictly speaking one was a GT but that's just the four-door version). I bought the first one new in 1992 and was still driving a low-mileage used one as recently as 2006. I never had 'lift-off oversteer' with any of them and trust me I don't hang around. One night going out on an emergency call out I drove that first XS at very high speeds through a major city on icy roads covered with loose salt and grit - it didn't give me any scares at all. RA if you got bitten by a 205 XS try walking, it might be safer for everyone.
But the car missing from this list is my all-time favourite - the Sunbeam Tiger. I've read somewhere that the Tiger had uprated brakes and stuff - that may be true of the later versions but the 4.2 litre one I bought around 1970 was just a Sunbeam Alpine with some minor front suspension mods to handle the extra weight of the V8. With standard brakes and skinny radial tyres on 4.5" rims it had less traction and stopping power that the 205 XS. On a slick road you could easily spin the back wheels in all four gears. On a dry road the back axle would tramp and pick up one wheel creating interesting handling. In the hands of an inexperienced driver it was probaly lethal but to me it was great fun. Mine was uprated with 5.5J wheels fitted with bigger radials and traction bars but it could still get very lively.
Loosing the back end of the Capri on a roundabout!
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