Are cars getting too fast to sell to 'normal' people?

What do you think?

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The modern supercar scene is becoming a fascinating place at the moment. We have cars coming from all edges of the globe, fighting to become the fastest, most luxurious and best looking. Even many sports cars are now being considered to be supercars due to their immense speed. While this is exciting for well-educated drivers and 'some' motoring journalists, it is also a bit concerning for everyone else on the road.

I was listening to the Joe Rogan podcast the other day with Matt Farah and they were discussing the amount of power some cars come with these days. It is a scary thought that anyone can walk into a McLaren, Lamborghini or Chevrolet dealership and walk away with something which has over 700 hp to then drive on public roads. It is simply ludicrous. Matt Farah highlighted the fact that the Porsche Taycan is simple far too powerful and if he were to buy one, it would be a low spec without the added power as it genuinely got a bit scary for him, and he drives some seriously powerful cars.

You always hear news stories about young drivers or inexperienced drivers wrapping supercars and powerful sports cars around trees due to reckless driving. The Kevin Hart story was a big one and that was simple because the other person driving the car wasn't use to the power of the vehicle.

I am not saying manufacturers should lower power outputs or only sell their cars to 'worthy' drivers but I do think there needs to be something done to ensure that everyone else on the roads won't be at risk. It is a tricky thing to regulate and not easy to take on. My main concern is the rise of really quick electric vehicles such as the Taycan and Model S as anyone can buy one and quite easily spin it off the road if they decide to mash the throttle while going round a bend which should be on a Grand Prix circuit. It is a scary world we live in, but it is what it is.

What do you think about all this?

Do we need to limit who can buy what cars?

Let me know in the comments!

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Comments (51)

  • Cars have gotten safer and safer over the years and speed limits are there for a reason. In my opinion, it's not the huge amounts of power in today's cars, it's the stupidity of some people who think it's good to race or drive way too fast on public roads. Sometimes I feel like older cars can actually be scarier but since new cars feel so much safer, people seem to forget that physics still exist.

      9 months ago
    • Cars may have gotten safer for those inside them, but because they’re getting larger and heavier the damage they do to whatever they crash into is also greater for a given speed.

        9 months ago
    • That's true aswell. Although there is a lot more research going into making cars safer for f.e. pedestrians when they get hit by a car, things like the hood lifting up slightly in front of the Windschild, so injuries might not be as severe or...

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        9 months ago
  • Unfortunately we will always have those idiots out there that will ruin all the fun for the real enthusiasts.

      9 months ago
    • Maybe one idea would be different classes of driving license? Wouldn’t be much different then getting a class identity added to your license, like for motorcycle or CDL license. Just add classifications for certain vehicles and cars....

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        9 months ago
    • I agree. Many limits were set back when drum brakes and bias ply tires were the norm.

        9 months ago
  • I think speed limits are too low for modern cars and they need to change them accordingly

      9 months ago
    • Agree 100%

        9 months ago
    • I would say that I agree, but even with current speed limits we have a few deadly car accidents every week in Toronto. Majority of which caused by careless driving on very basic cars. It's driving culture that has to be changed prior changing...

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        9 months ago
  • A little anecdote. Last year I took part in a road test with Enzo magazine that featured the Ferrari Berlinettas from the Daytona (mine) through to the 812 Superfast. It was a two day test and at the end of the first day we headed back to the hotel. it was a cold evening and outside of the ideal operating range of the the cars and specifically their tyres. The 550 was leading with the 812 following, and they set off at fair pace and I left them too it (with less than 1/2 the power of the 812 there was little point) When we got back to hotel it was interesting to find out that the near 800 bhp 812 had struggled to keep up with the 20 year old 550 with slightly less than 500bhp. There was no way that with the tyres that cold the 812 could deploy any of it's extra power without either the electronic systems cutting in or the driver being extremely stupid. The point is we have got to a point where cars are now totally reliant on on board systems to keep them the right way up on the public road, especially in less than ideal conditions, with even experienced drivers on board ( both the 550 and 812 drivers were very expereinced and occasional race drivers).

      9 months ago
  • Yes cars are far safe by design. Better brakes, better chassis and a plethora of electronic nannies whose only purpose is to keep the car and it’s often under-confident owners on the road and pointing in the right direction. It is a valid point Ben has made but it can’t be regulated and unfortunately “extreme” cars will continue to end up spread over the road as engine power increases. Having said that, i crashed a 1984 mini on the M25 with well under 100 bhp as a youth but I’ve never crashed a car with up to 4 times the power that I’ve owned since then. Maturity has a lot to answer for.

      9 months ago
    • In my experience, most people think they are above average drivers, so i wonder whether it’s under- or over-confidence that is the real problem.

        9 months ago
    • Very valid point. Probably a mix of the 2.

        9 months ago
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