Nov 042017

I’m all in favor of people spending their money on essentially pointless high-end toys such as supercars; they get to have whatever enjoyment they get from driving them around or just possessing them, the people who build them get paid, the state of the art gets advanced. A win all-around. Added bonus when some drunk idiot takes a supercar out and promptly plows into a tree; so long as they don’t kill anyone else, society benefits by:

1: Being reduced one idiot (extra-super bonus points if said idiot hasn’t gotten around to breeding yet)

2: Inheritors get paid before said idiot could have blown even more money on truly frivolous things like cocaine, spirit mediums or donating to the next Hillary Clinton

3: Other owners of the type of supercar now being pried off of a tree now see their investments go up a notch through the magic of supply and demand

All that said: I do wonder about the mindset that says “Not only do I want one of these… here, I’ll pull out my checkbook and actually buy one.”

The world’s first 300MPH road car: Hennessey’s £1.2million Venom F5 is set to become the fastest production car of all time

Sure, it’s pretty. Sure, it’s a marvel of engineering. But where can you *really* go to let that thing loose? Top speed limit here in the US is 85 miles per hour,with 75 and 80 being common in the civilized part of the nation. Going 300 miles per hour would be quite a bit illegal and a whole lot dangerous, especially since the New Deal and Great Society programs that have become the bulk of the federal government haven’t exactly prioritized infrastructure maintenance. Having just driven across Nebraska, I would have *loved* to have been able to do so at 300 miles per hour… but I’m not sure the hardest accelerating, hardest-braking supercar in the world would have been able to attain 300 miles per hour for more than a few seconds between each work zone, never mind the slowly crawling truck that lurk side-by-side taking up all lanes.

So unless you love taking your multimillion dollar street car to race tracks or flying it on cargo planes to other lands… 300 miles per hour just seems like wasted, excess capability.

 Posted by at 6:33 pm
  • Robert Cathey

    It’s all dick waving pretty much. Whether it’s rich people having bidding wars on televised car auctions ((Barret Jackson)) or dropping big bucks on hypercars they’ll rarely if ever drive. It’s illegal to whip out your privates, or maybe, you have nothing impressive to whip out.. Sooo whip out the checkbook!

    But there are quite a few track only cars being produced now, Aston Martin Vulcan, Mclaren P1 GTR and others. None are road legal, but if you can afford to drop a few million for one of those? you can afford to A. attend a track day or B. rent the track. Which really isn’t as expensive as you might think.

    I’m skeptical of the Hennessy though, there is a lot of unhappy customers and legal actions surrounding the company. A lot of their cars have problems, or take forever to get delivered. This article sums it up pretty well.

    The biggest limitation to 300mph in road cars like that is tire technology. Bugatti believes its new car, the Chiron could hit the 300mph if it wasn’t for the fact the tires would explode sometime before or during sad attempt. Top fuel cars have been going in excess of 300mph for ages, but thats short distances of course.

    Me and my dad build replicas of vintage race cars, most don’t end up being made street legal, but rich guys enjoy racing them apparently. So, hey floats someones boat and pays my bills!