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What's The Most Difficult Production Car To Drive?

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Most race cars require special skills to keep from putting straight into a tree after a few seconds of driving, but the average production car can be piloted by an eight-year-old without much damage. We want to hear about the non-average production car that requires more than average abilities to drive.


This photo from Zerin Dube of Speed:Sport:Life was taken of the Viper I spun it out on the turn behind John Hennessey's shop in Sealy, Texas. I'd been warned the Viper had a bite, but a few days of driving encouraged me to think that the nanny-less Viper wasn't much of a challenge. Maybe for other people, but not for me.

I was wrong.

Automotive photography may look dramatic, but it usually involves driving the same turn repeatedly until the photographer gets the right panning shot. Even in a Viper it gets a little dull.


(My favorite example of image manipulation comes from a Sport Compact Car cover photo of a car shot as it rolled downhill because the engine didn't work. A few people eventually noticed the car appeared to be going backwards.)

I decided to go faster and faster around the long, carousel-type turn at the end of the Lonestar Motorsports Park's quarter-mile, both to get a better shot and because I wanted to make things more interesting. This was great right up to the point I went in with way too much speed even for the grippy Dodge and there was no electronic cure for my overconfidence.

The Viper snapped out of place and I was rolling right towards Zerin, our friend Tim, and Tim's new-ish Dodge Ram. I went two-feet in and the car stopped, as I'd hoped it would, a few feet short of the truck. There was no harm to anyone or anything but I felt like an asshole for doubting that, yes, an older Viper is a challenge.

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Just going by the evidence presented to me every day on my way to and from work every day.

From what I can tell, BMW has forgotten to include any sort of turn signal switch, their brakes are button-activated and are either on or off, and the throttle sticks when you hit about 90mph, at which point either the alignment or the steering column becomes loose and unstable, causing the car to weave from lane to lane, dodging slower cars left and right without any sign of a signal or ability to slow down.

I'm also assuming that the only way to fix this is to call BMW's customer service number, which apparently is not the most efficient in the world, as I always see BMW drivers on their phone yelling at someone as they speed past in the far right lane before cutting off myself and the tractor trailer beside me, only to decide that the left lane is the perfect place to see if the brake button is working today.

At least they have the foresight to use their horn to alert slower drivers that there is a problem with their throttle, turn signal switch, steering, and brakes. Though from what I can tell, even the horn doesn't work properly. It seems to have a mind of its own, as I can't imagine anyone actually intentionally honking their horn that often or for that long.

Honestly, with all these problems and no recalls for them, I'm surprised BMW sells any vehicles at all.