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Old 06-17-2017, 11:57 AM   #1
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I haven't had anything legitimately "fast" for the past year. My question is simple, how often do you actually get to put your foot in it and can keep it there for other than a launch up an on ramp?
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Old 06-17-2017, 12:04 PM   #3
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Every time I drive it. 660whp
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I drive my Z06 fairly hard at any available opportunity.
However, because the car gets to triple digits so quickly keeping "my foot in it" doesn't last very long.
I keep seeing flashes of my insurance rates rising again.
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Rarely. With the LE presence seemingly everywhere, I find only short bursts power to be sanely used. 0-5MPH over posted is about all I ever do, and even then if LE sees me, I can still be charged with reckless driving. Just not worth it IMO. Of course when I was a youngster, my attitude was much different too.

Even on interstate entrance ramps I can be well over the speed limit before hitting the merge lane.

Yes having all that power is fun, but largely impractical unless one wants to pay tickets, or get charged w/ reckless driving, loss of license and the accompanying insurance rate hike.

Having a Mini Cooper w/ a JCW tune as a second car, I find that it is actually more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow.
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Short bursts of speed - quick acceleration in short bursts - is the only way to go. Driving a C7 to its maximum potential will lead to loss of driving privileges and possible jail time.

It's not how fast you go that matters, but how well you go fast.
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Using the power of the vette is not only going way over the speed limit. I had a friend tell me it's not how fast your going - it's about acceleration. I often use the power to accelerate when driving on a normal freeway and having slight congestion. San Diego has some wide freeways (I15, I4, I805, etc.) and often you can find a nice hole to dart into, accelerate quickly and past that slow poke that was blocking your way. I find it fun to turn on Rev Match in such occasions. I can then dart in and out of lanes and beat a lot of traffic. Nothing crazy, deliberate and signaled lane changes and not too much over the speed limit. It's tons o fun!
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Having a Mini Cooper w/ a JCW tune as a second car, I find that it is actually more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow.
I agree, really love the look of the new Vette and in particular the GS package, 460 is enough.

I daily drive a GTI and its perfect for blasting around in traffic but while driving this morning I was thinking if I were in a new Vette doing the same combination of throttle inputs and gear selection, I would be in orbit or getting familiar with the back seat of a P71
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Not often but very fun for passing on the rural 2 lane roads around here. The one good thing about ultra-flat central IL is that you do have great visibility for a long distance ahead. But with a Z06 I can't use the power for long because it too quickly reaches a ridiculous speed. And during fast acceleration you can't rely upon the HUD speed display since if it updated in real time the display would just be a useless blur of digits.
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I too only go 5 - 7 MPH over the posted speed limit due to either LE presence or traffic. That said, I use all the power I've got to get there in just a few seconds whenever I can ... and I'm grinning the entire time.
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Using the power of the vette is not only going way over the speed limit. I had a friend tell me it's not how fast your going - it's about acceleration. I often use the power to accelerate when driving on a normal freeway and having slight congestion. San Diego has some wide freeways (I15, I4, I805, etc.) and often you can find a nice hole to dart into, accelerate quickly and past that slow poke that was blocking your way. I find it fun to turn on Rev Match in such occasions. I can then dart in and out of lanes and beat a lot of traffic. Nothing crazy, deliberate and signaled lane changes and not too much over the speed limit. It's tons o fun!
There is definitely enough space to open it up around here, and honestly I think CHP is not well staffed in and around SD so there is opportunity.

Couple of good compliments about using the resource wisely
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Yeah but if you really want to open her up there's no place better than Death Valley!


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Old 06-17-2017, 01:11 PM   #13
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Rarely. With the LE presence seemingly everywhere, I find only short bursts power to be sanely used. 0-5MPH over posted is about all I ever do, and even then if LE sees me, I can still be charged with reckless driving. Just not worth it IMO. Of course when I was a youngster, my attitude was much different too.
That fits my MO, too. I can't punch my car (LT1) anywhere near my house, as there's always too much traffic, or at least not for more than about two seconds. Like you I take advantage of interstate on-ramps and give it a burst in 2nd and 3rd (M7), as long as there's nobody in front of me.

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Yes having all that power is fun, but largely impractical unless one wants to pay tickets, or get charged w/ reckless driving, loss of license and the accompanying insurance rate hike.
Yep, think about that a lot, but not as much 20 or 30 years ago. I drive like a pawpaw now, but occasionally and opportunistically revert to my adolescent instincts which are not totally extinct.

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Having a Mini Cooper w/ a JCW tune as a second car, I find that it is actually more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow.
Nissan Frontier pickup here, with 4-banger and M5. Can't pull the hat off your head and driving it requires much less discipline.

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There's also a couple of nice jug handle turns like this one from 56 to I15. I used to do this constantly as it was part of my commute to work. People generally gather into the far right lane approaching this leaving the second to the right lane often completely open. The turn also has a green arrow paving the way for me to take that lane to the outer lane of the turn. I typically pass about 3 or 4 slow pokes in the other lane and have the G's just about pegged. It's more of a testament to the vette's cornering capabilities than it's power but it's also fun.

The other day, when performing this maneuver some idiot just lazily mossy'ed into the outer lane from the inner lane during the turn not caring at all if anybody (me in this case) was using that lane. I blasted my horn at him but he proceeded into my lane anyway and slowly took the turn. Afterwards I jetted around him and glanced at him. He was still totally clueless as to his bad driving...


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hard to these days, even accelerating fast can get you in a ton of trouble btdt.
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I don't speed, but I do accelerate hard at every safe opportunity. No tickets and no accidents for over 30 years now.. no joke!

You can still get yourself in plenty of trouble for accelerating hard, and our cars aren't quiet. But we have a couple of on-ramps with walls on both sides so that even your worst case is purely a self-affecting action, and it sounds glorious, so that's one where I always open it up....

And my Smart Driver score sucks now :-)

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I live in Del Cerro, nside of 8 off of College, there are some great interchanges around town. I sold my 911 last year, it was older and had some miles and I just stopped trusting it. The GTI is fun but runs out of steam quickly at highway speeds. I just wonder if I could really enjoy the Vette, it doesn't take all that much to get the GTI on tilt but the Vette is so planted you really have to be pushing it a bit to start feeling it, IMO, so I am a bit worried that the limits of the car are so high that even pulling a lat g isn't all that dramatic....??? That said, I will do autocross at the Q and possibly track PDE.
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For the record I'm almost 72, been a fast car guy since age 16 when I got my first hot car, and no grass grows under my tires even today.

I tend to let the horses have their exercise on a pretty regular biases! (also like listening to the pipes sing) I tend to accelerate much faster and also hit higher speeds when my wife of almost 50 years is not with me.
Her pet driving name for me is "Dave 30 over"
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AS often as I can being over 600whp, but i agree with other comments about driving my slow car faster more often my 2015 tuned GTI at 400whp is a blast.
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Short bursts of speed - quick acceleration in short bursts - is the only way to go. Driving a C7 to its maximum potential will lead to loss of driving privileges and possible jail time.

It's not how fast you go that matters, but how well you go fast.
My license plate frame: It's not how fast you go, its how good you look going.
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