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    Quote Originally Posted by ******* View Post
    ...and other evil modern supercar gadgetry...
    It's always a shame to see things like that happen. But I guess so many people who buy them wind up looping into guardrails they need to make sure the car owners are protected from themselves. I remember that being an issue in the mid-90s w/ the newer corvettes. The first generation that came with traction control had well over 300 hp. The traction control could be turned on or off (fully defeated). Drivers were stuffing the cars after turning off the traction control. A friend of a friend looped his off the road and into the trees the first week he owned it. He was showing off the car to the mutual friend at the time


    Thankfully continued development of these systems in higher-end cars is resulting in less-intrusive versions that truly only kick in when things are starting to go horribly wrong. Hopefully that technology will get inexpensive enough it will trickle down to everyday cars so you can still have fun with them on highway ramps, etc. (not that, uh, I would ever do something like that)

    Cars are like kitchen knives. The people who can afford the really, really expensive, high performance ones are the people who are least likely to need the performance in the first place! and the ones who can really benefit from it are usually the ones with the least chance of being able to afford them.
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    As much as i would have liked to bring a Camaro SS back to Sweden, my wife pointed out three valid points
    1) There is no room in the garage unless i loose some bikes
    2) Gas price just passed $8.50/gallon
    3) I drive like an old lady (I guessi could argue this one, but why when 1 & 2 kinda shuts the door)

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    Plus, you really need a Camaro ZL1 anyway. LOL
    Quote Originally Posted by RobinW View Post
    As much as i would have liked to bring a Camaro SS back to Sweden, my wife pointed out three valid points
    1) There is no room in the garage unless i loose some bikes
    2) Gas price just passed $8.50/gallon
    3) I drive like an old lady (I guessi could argue this one, but why when 1 & 2 kinda shuts the door)

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    The good news is that some of the more "reasonably priced" super cars actually get driven, You are much less likely to find a Porsche Turbo, a ZR1 or a Nissan GT-R that has only 7000 miles on it after 5 years of ownership than say a Ferrari. Porsche probably has the highest percentage of owners that actually use their car as something akin to a "daily driver"
    Quote Originally Posted by WildBoar View Post
    It's always a shame to see things like that happen. But I guess so many people who buy them wind up looping into guardrails they need to make sure the car owners are protected from themselves. I remember that being an issue in the mid-90s w/ the newer corvettes. The first generation that came with traction control had well over 300 hp. The traction control could be turned on or off (fully defeated). Drivers were stuffing the cars after turning off the traction control. A friend of a friend looped his off the road and into the trees the first week he owned it. He was showing off the car to the mutual friend at the time


    Thankfully continued development of these systems in higher-end cars is resulting in less-intrusive versions that truly only kick in when things are starting to go horribly wrong. Hopefully that technology will get inexpensive enough it will trickle down to everyday cars so you can still have fun with them on highway ramps, etc. (not that, uh, I would ever do something like that)

    Cars are like kitchen knives. The people who can afford the really, really expensive, high performance ones are the people who are least likely to need the performance in the first place! and the ones who can really benefit from it are usually the ones with the least chance of being able to afford them.

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