It's the same license people take when they call Chrysler an American car. . .Seems like the British car industry is going the same way the motorcycle industry did in the 60's...under.
Putting ANY sticker on that car is a desecrationThe mention that the Mclaren SLR has been desecrated by Siemens(German company) decals is a hoot.
Different cars, different missions. The Atom and the Lotus are designed as quick cars that handle like nobody's business. The Z06 and Ford GT are straightline monsters that happen to handle really well, but in the twisties, they're gonna be outclassed by the other two if for no other reason than the transitional roll difference.Why didn't he put the Z06 and the Ford GT on the track with that goofy Atom and the Lotus...
Why? We already know what will happen. The Atom whips up in the corners, the Vette catches up on the straights.I'd like to see that matchup.
Or a testament to the fact that a lot of vette owners don't exactly put many miles on their cars. Plus you can't really compare a mid 60's vette to a current vette because they're using very different technologies. Come back in 2045 with an '05 Vette and we'll see if it runs as well as the 65 vette does today.Plus,how many old British cars do you see on the road today?...Not many,but you still see mid 60's Vettes cruising around...a testament to their excellent build quality and timeless design.
Well again, the missions are different. The Atom is not meant to be a daily driver. The thing doesn't even have a windshield. It's meant to be just about the most fun you can have on 4 wheels, and I'd say it comes pretty close. It'll certainly be a more raw and involving driving experience than the comparitively cushy Vette.I guess it depends on what you want...a usable 200 mph daily driver supercar that will lap the Nurburgring faster than those overpowered go-carts,or a...Go-cart!
That's a given. I'm assuming equal skills, but that's a very big assumption. I also saw a Civic Si toast a Ferrari once because the guy in the Ferrari didn't have a clue how to drive.It also depends heavily on the skills of the driver.
Skidpad isn't the only thing you have to look at though. In fact, a skidpad statistic isn't all that important to real world performance of the car on the track, unless you have a long sweeping turn like the Carousel at Road America. Transitional roll (for our non-car readers who are for some reason reading this still, transitional roll is the period in which the car first enters the corner and the load is transferred to the outside suspension) is a whole lot more important. The sooner the transitional roll happens, the sooner you have max grip on the outside tires (or tyres for british car fans ). Faster transitions to high grip = higher speed through the corners. The lotus weighs a whole lot less than the Vette, and as we know Lotus's suspension design is legendary. That thing's gonna be even faster through the twisties than the skidpad numbers would indicate.The Lotus give up about 50mph top speed to the Vette(zo6) and Ford GT...Skidpad #'s are about the same.
quite true, but again we've gotta look at the missions of the cars. The lotus is meant to be a nimble cornering master, and it is. The Vette is meant to dominate on long straight stretches of road, while still being pretty good in the corners, and it is. Really, they're both incredible cars.On a tight circuit with a lot of slow corners the Lotus will hang,but on faaster circuit of any duration...no contest.
British car owners don't put a lot of miles on theirs either...except to the shop and back.
What I think we should be talking about is the shooting. Its just fantastic, honestly how often do you see TV shot this well? Regardless of how you feel about Clarkson the camera work is simply inspired. Last I heard they were all XD with some high-speed film. Does anybody know any more than that?
Maybe when you're from the UK, that's the only time you ever get to see a rattlesnake so make the most of it...or something. It's a symbol of the American Southwest and Death Valley, though I (fortunately) didn't see any when I went through the desert.It is well shot and edited ,but somewhat repetitive.How many times do I need to see the rattlesnake?
Because nowhere else in the world would you find that done to one of them!How do you know the owner of the SLR was American?