25 Dec 2013

Merry Christmas/Holidays, everyone.

Due to some very abnormal weather (80 deg F!), everyone was out this afternoon walking on the beach and driving their toys along Coast Highway. Ferraris, high-end Audis, and a few Cobras were just a few. A very nice Ferrari 458 Spider came up behind me in an apparent attempt to put me in my place (what place is that, that I hadn’t bought my car at a dealer?). I let him by and he did the obligatory pass to establish the pecking order, but I ended up behind him at the next light. So he took off with me on his tail, just to see if I could. I backed off early since traffic was so heavy, but it was very rewarding to see his eyes glancing in the mirror, as if thinking “wait, that’s not supposed to keep up” – that was good enough for me.

On the list of things to do is to take a handling class. My brother did that in a BMW class, where one of the tasks was to drive a figure-8 with the back end hung out all the way around. I can’t think of a better way to establish car control at the edge. I’ve had Midlana fairly sideways, and the good news is that it doesn’t have any nasty habits. Still, I’d like to take a class to find out just where the “edge” is. Anyhow, someone posted this video on a forum, as proof that a rear-engine car can be drifted, http://www.carthrottle.com/you-know-youre-a-sick-driver-when-you-can-drift-a-turbocharged-porsche-like-this/. While I’m not into drifting (way too slow around a track and way too abusing to tires) it seems like an awesome way to find the outer edge of a car’s handling envelope. To have the knowledge of just where the edge is and what to do when it’s approached would be very valuable… and make for some good videos :).