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    Default Top Speed - 6th Gear

    Moral question....

    Knowing how dangerous driving at top speed is.... how many of you have done it in cars that you own....

    I got up to 170 mph in the VXR whilst on a de-restricted part of the Autobahn in Germany this year, but slowed due to traffic ahead (a long way ahead - lol)

    The car felt very stable in a straight line, and I had AP Racing Brakes & ABS & ESP to help slow the car down if needed in a hurry...

    But I cant help feel that its still a very fast speed in any car, but so easy to do....

    So why do they not restrict cars to lower top speeds (currently 155mph, but that is already slipping), it would be very easy to do via the ECU....

    If you had a 170+mph car, would you be tempted to go flat out?

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    I have lived in Germany for many years as a member of the Armed Forces and have therefore taken advantage of the de-restricted Autobahns they have. Although these are now becoming less and less I must admit.

    I have owned many performance cars and have driven, maybe crazily in hind sight, at more than 155mph.

    Street lamps amd other road users go by faster than you can describe. It is worth doing, even if only once, so that you can experience the feeling of mortality.

    At these speeds you are not only driving your vehicle but everyone elses too as you try and second guesse what they are gonna do.

    Having a well set up car is paramount!

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    Every single car i've ever owned well you do have to find out there limits so as not to go over them when having fun.

    The veccie still feels lovely and smooth even over 160, I think it has something to do with have a very good drag co-efficient, The Astra VXR doesn't fare so well once over 140 though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gripper View Post

    Street lamps amd other road users go by faster than you can describe. It is worth doing, even if only once, so that you can experience the feeling of mortality.

    At these speeds you are not only driving your vehicle but everyone elses too as you try and second guesse what they are gonna do.

    Having a well set up car is paramount!
    1. Absolutely right m8.

    2. Very Very true.

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    I've driven an RS4 flat out, wouldn't want to make a habit out of it

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    I was talking with a friend the other night about top speeds... and when you look at the figures in the cold light of day....

    200 MPH is supercar territory... and it wasnt long ago that 180 mph was supercar territory...

    Now I own a cheap vauxhall 5 door hatchback capable of 170 mph... walking speed off a Ferrari top speed and only 30 mph off the magic 200

    Just seems mad that it can so easily get to that speed without any drama... and feel so stable...

    Wonder what the next 10 years will bring....

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    Never driven flat out in any car's i've owned,am i the minority..........

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenboy View Post
    Never driven flat out in any car's i've owned,am i the minority..........
    Doubt it... this poll will be an interesting one though...

    I have known people who buy a new car and its the first thing they do !! ... test its top speed.... even if the car isnt brand new and absolutely knackered !!

    Its so irresponsible, as they cant have a clue about its handling characteristics, but still they do it

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    Driving at those sorts of speeds on a public highway is a recipe for disaster. Crashing at that speed would be carnage, only a hosepipe would be needed for the occupant as there would not be any big bits left of them.

    Different story on a race track though.

    My 2p worth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ste View Post
    Driving at those sorts of speeds on a public highway is a recipe for disaster. Crashing at that speed would be carnage, only a hosepipe would be needed for the occupant as there would not be any big bits left of them.

    Different story on a race track though.

    My 2p worth.
    Exactly Ste, which is what brings me to this poll... On the Nurburgring I got up to 145 mph on the straight before having to slow to the pits..

    Now that is in a controlled environment, with barriers, nothing nasty to hit (other than another car) and all the traffic was heading in the same direction... but you hit the barrier at that speed in a normal road car (without helmet, cage, safety equipment) and your still going to be removed with a straw !!... dont you think?

    If the car went into a barrel roll.... absolutely forget it !!

    So what makes people want to do it?
    Last edited by spoons; 15th October 2008 at 13:32.

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