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Why Buy A Supercar Over A Track Car?

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Supercars go too fast for the public roads. The only place to enjoy their real performance is on the track. So why do people still buy supercars.

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If you ask me, it's a question of class. And I don't mean the proletariat struggle kind of class, I mean that people want to go out and be seen in a car that's a luxury. A bunch of scaffolding with an engine will not satisfy that.

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It's kind of like how every good super villain plot should have a guard who mixes a damn good cocktail, as KinoEscalate explained when we plotted the theft of a space shuttle.

The submarine would have trouble maintaining depth with the ballast system compensating on the fly for the extra weight of a shuttle. Plus having basically a bunch of Cirque du Soliel types shrink wrapping the shuttle midflight may leave room for error.

I propose you use one of the abandoned oil rigs off the coast of Santa Barbara. Fly the shuttle out there, land it on the helo pad so crews can carefully prep it for the submarine journey. The rig should also be the control center of the heist operations and should have a plush personal lounge staffed with a deadly bodyguard who can also make prohibition-era cocktails.

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Why do you think people buy supercars and not just track cars? Isn't speed what's being sold?

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TheStigsRustbeltCousin
The Stig's Rustbelt Cousin

Simply put, supercars and track-day cars are both purchased primarily by rich people, so the question is moot. The sort of person who can afford to spend $30,000+ on a turn-key vehicle that is only usable on a racetrack probably parks it next to their Porsche or Ferrari. The way the question is phrased makes it sound like buyer of a Caterham R500 or KTM X-Bow says to themselves "I want a car that outperforms everything else, but can't/wont spend Lamborghini money, so I'll just get a track-day car instead." More likely, the person who already owns the Gallardo thinks, "boy, I've sure had some fun at the last couple of track days, but if I push it any further, I fear I will destroy my expensive car. Time to buy something as powerful, but not as valuable."

Why buy the supercar instead of a track car? As others have said, arriving at the hotel/club/casino in a car with no interior, that you have to climb over a roll cage to get out of, won't endear you to the valet (or your date). The sheer impracticality of owning one makes it a bad purchase for the person who wants a sports car, yet would like to use that car for trips other than to and from the track. So, for those who can afford them, there are supercars, which can also do track duty, for those who aren't planning on pushing their car to the absolute limit.