Ever since the term ‘supercar’ was coined, it has been a dream of car enthusiasts to own one of these fast, sleek, designer cars. From early posters on a bedroom wall to actively thumbing through the pages of car magazines it seems like owning a supercar would be the epitome of an automotive life fulfilled. The catch is, of course, the not inconsiderable matter of a quite considerable sum of money.
Just Picture It
Driving a supercar can certainly make a person happy by taking the experience of driving a car to new and dizzying heights, thrusting the lucky pilot into another dimension of time and space. Being behind the wheel of a serious machine with an explosive mountain of brake horse power at the press of the loud pedal; inside a motor that hurtles from zero to 62mph in a scant few seconds from a standing start when everything happens faster than you can say Enzo. It is without doubt one of the most exciting experiences anyone could have. Cars like the Ferrari 488 GTB, the Lamborghini Huracan or the Porsche 911 GT3 are, in effect, racing cars that just happen to be road-legal. What’s not to like?
The reality is that these cars are hugely expensive, costly to maintain and terrifying to insure. It just isn’t practical. That’s not to say though that it can’t be done and in such a way that doesn’t break the bank or the speed limit. Most motor racing circuits in the country have supercars that can be hired by the lap and what a thrill it is. With an instructor in the passenger seat the circuit opens up with only one-way traffic. It twists and turns as the power eggs the driver on to ever greater daring deeds of driving skill. It’s safe too; there are rules, but the good news is there is no chance of flashing blue lights in the rear-view mirror or flashing cameras at the roadside.
It’s not something that most people could afford to do often but it is an experience worth saving up for, if for no other reason than to get to grips with the very best of auto engineering.
Supercars are and always have been all about cutting edge engineering. Where these cars lead, others follow. The steering will always be enormously precise with real feel. You simply cannot miss your corner apex. Front-end traction and state-of-the-art aerodynamics ensure that entering corners at speed make the cars feel totally flat and stable; there’s nothing twitchy going on; at least on dry roads. On the way out of the bend the shove from the rear-end is immense, yet these cars are so well set-up there is no fear, apprehension or sweaty palms and always they are whispering in your ear like little devils on your shoulder: ‘Go on. You can do this’.
One of the most surprising aspects of ultimate sports cars is the ride. Unless totally hardcore, supercars are quite amiable when pottering about. Sure, the ride is firm and the occupants can feel the bigger blemishes of the road surface, but on a smooth road all is serene.
The Pursuit Of Excellence
It is this level of excellence that makes these cars so pricey. Buyers are essentially repaying the manufacturer for all the research and development that has fettled every aspect of the vehicle, every component tuned to work in harmony with all others. And then of course there’s the soundtrack. There are few things more addictive than the sonorous growl of a V8 or the high-pitched scream of a V10 at full chat. A symphony on wheels played by Iron Maiden. One day this could be yours but in the meantime keen drivers will need a good quality car to get to the circuit; a car that is AA inspected
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