Originally Posted by billybob_jcv
LOL - that's called knowing your audience. The GM guys are probably used to taking the cars to PR events with a bunch of media hacks and/or celebrities that couldn't drive a lawn tractor in a straight line. Taking the car to a group of actual *customers* that clearly have both the bank accounts and the skills to actually buy & drive the car is probably a completely foreign experience for them.
Changing gears a bit...
I'm watching a replay of today's Red Bull Air Races from Fort Worth that are being shown on Fox Sports 2. Wow. Pylon racers are simply amazing. The Red Bull series doesn't fly the "Unlimited" class planes (ie often highly modified P-51 Mustangs that will do 500 MPH), instead they fly a lighter, less powerful plane that will hit a max speed of ~250 MPH. However, the courses they fly are also typically much smaller and tighter, and they will regularly pull 9 g's during their 3 lap timed race. They also don't fly head-to-head in heats like they do in the Unlimited races. Seeing these guys snap roll the plane to 90 deg then pull it around at 9 g's and thread the needle through the next set of pylons is very cool!
Now that's flying, the guys who do that sort of thing have balls the size of grapefruits. I've ridden in a modified P-51 but we didn't do much more than a few rolls and a moderate neg-G dive.
I did finally get to drive it on the track, but the guy was super annoying and didn't want me to take the car over 100mph, induce oversteer, or clip corners. It was like having my HS driver's ed teacher in the car with me. At one point he even started swearing (same as my DE instructor), and while it wasn't directed AT
me it seemed pretty unprofessional. Apparently the reason is that he was personally responsible for any damage to the car (!?), so I asked him how he got suckered into that.
Oh, and he told me "you've never driven a car this fast before", and I just shook my head. The only thing I can figure is that they must have kept their engineers under a rock somewhere while the new `vette was being developed (and subjected them to a fair amount of brainwashing), because they're completely unaware of any other cars that have built in the last 5 years. Not to say it isn't fast, it's very quick, or that people won't buy it, I'm sure they'll easily sell all the Z06s they make, but there's zero chance that it's going to make a dent in European supercar sales. Because, despite its performance, like the new Z/28, there's really nothing exotic about it.
Oh, also, I don't normally endorse products, but these guys are the shiz.
What they do is take a car seat and build a fully adjustable office chair out of it. That itself is pretty cool, but apart from the premade office chairs they sell, which are shockingly expensive, they'll also take a seat you send them and convert it. Sooo, I took a seat from a totalled Gallardo Superleggera and sent it to the guys there to see what they could come up with, and this is it.
I'm telling you, I've never sat in a more comfortable executive-style chair in my life. Period. It absolutely blows everything else out of the water. The thing is, don't have an extra Lamborghini or Ferrari seat laying around? No problem. They can work with virtually any newer bucket seat you can find. One of our guys found one from a wrecked Viper ($400) and sent it off to them for conversion, can't wait to see how that turns out.Edited by Magick Man - 10/26/14 at 10:40pm