Post by Rhino Post by Your Name Post by RichA
There are plenty of rear-engined sports cars already.
Then it's a good thing this new one is *mid*-engined. :-p
Post by RichA
The thing that set the Vette apart from the Eurotrash was having a
front engine and a much lower price to performance ratio.
Hey, it's American "sportscar" ... it won't even be able to go around a
corner properly ... just ask Jeremy Clarkson. ;-)
Heh heh! Current Vette out-runs and out-handles a lot of more
Maybe, but only in a straight line ... once you get to a corner in an
American "sportscar", you're screwed. ;-)
I've only ever owned one "sportscar", a 1988 Mustang.
Mustang isn't a "sportscar" ... it's a "muscle car".
A true sportscar is aerodynamic and shaped like an arrowhead (at least
they were beofre the Politically Corerct idiocy came along and
introduced piles of regulatory nonsense like 'pedestrian protection').
The Mustang on the other hand is shaped like and has all the
aerodynamics of a house brick ... and drives like one too.
Post by Rhino
It was the absolutely worst car I've ever owned, hands down. I can well
remember situations where I was driving straight and the car tried its
best to fish-tail! For instance, one time, I was driving straight and
downhill on dry pavement along the Don Valley Parkway in Toronto when I
felt the rear end "get loose" and try to come around. I managed to
wrestle it straight again but I wasn't 100% sure I would succeed for a
moment there. I'd had a similar experience when I hit a patch of black
ice a few months earlier but that time I was so taken by surprise that
the car bounced off the guardrail and suffered substantial damage. On
another occasion, I was driving through a parking garage at parking
garage speeds and made a left turn; again, the rear end "got loose" and
swung out on me as if I was stunt-driving.
Its fundamental problem was that all the weight was at the front of the
car and it messed up the handling horribly. *Maybe* a couple of hundred
pounds of salt or sand in the trunk would have solved the problem.
Years later, long after I'd moved on to a much better car, I happened
to be talking to a mechanic who specialized in Mustangs and told him of
my negative experience with my Mustang; he speculated that there may
have been a mechanical issue causing trouble on the specific car. I
don't remember what he thought might have been happening but it must
have been subtle because none of the mechanics who had seen the car saw
anything wrong with it.
If it was a modern Mustang, then it's more likely to be a software
glitch interferring. Computers shouldn't ever be used to control cars
(let alone planes).
Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, manual ... that's the only way to do a
proper "sportscar". That's why the the likes of the Nissan 200sx /
240sx / 180sx, the Toyota 86, the Subaru BRZ, etc. and even the little
"roadsters" like the Mazda MX5 / Miata, the MG range, and the Honda
S2000 are all so popular.
"Supercars" usually go for mid-engine to get an even weight
distribution, but it ruins the feel, as well as usually any remote hope