Vote of the week: Which Ferrari would you rather take for a spin?
Here's a completely trivial question for the week, inspired by this week's aborted opening of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
The indoor theme park in the United Arab Emirates was scheduled to open this week, but delayed its debut until November 4, following the death of one of the leaders of the UAE. The highlight of the new park is to be Formula Rossa, a Ferrari-themed Intamin launch coaster that, at a top speed of 149 mph, will become the world's fastest.
An unprecedented thrill, right? Well, actually, that's what many automobile fans say about the rare opportunity to drive one of the Italian car company's ultra-expensive sports cars. Heck, until I moved to Pasadena, I'd never even seen a Ferrari on the street.
So which would you rather do, if given this delightful choice? Would you rather climb aboard Formula Rossa for a zero-to-149 roller coaster thrill, or climb behind the wheel of a Ferrari for a drive? (To keep this close, we'll say you're limited to street driving with the Ferrari. No closed track.)
The world's fastest roller coaster, or this?
I'm really looking forward to the comments on this one.
I would love to drive any ferrari! I currently can only build small replicas of the great cars. Affording a drive or even a simulated theme park ride is out of my league.
If it wasn't for that street driving stipulation, this wouldn't even be close. A closed track with a fine-tuned piece of automotive artwork? Please, it would win by a country mile (which it would complete in about 20 seconds). As it is, having a Ferrari driving at normal highway speeds would be just short of criminal. Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly, and Ferraris gotta drive - really, really fast.
No speed limits here. Driving the Ferrari at high speed would be fun, but also irresponsible dangerous, no matter how legal. Driving the Ferrari at responsible speed would be rather boring. My small Honda already goes faster than any car should be allowed to go. No need for a Ferrari. So id stick with the coaster, even so that one would probably make me sick.
One addition. That reminded me that Europapark used to sell a rental Ferrari car/hotel/park entrance package. They siced down to a rental Porsche now:
Pshhh, I don't care much for cars (welcome to my little Ford Focus) so I'd take the coaster.
The question is vague; if it means that I will own the Ferrari, then it is a no brainer, but if it means to drive someone else's Ferrari, then I prefer to try the coaster.
One thing to keep in mind:
Wondering why someone would possibly rather ride the ride than drive the car....
The ride will accelerate much faster and smoother than I could in the car. Even if I COULD accelerate that fast, I'd be so disoriented I'd likely wind up as a lump of oozing goo in the middle of a blob of metal wrapped around a tree or sticking out of a wall.
I voted drive the Ferrari. This is only a difficult choice if you're thinking "speed limits on public roads" means an F430 Scuderia or Enzo in LA rush hour. Sure those single clutch flappy paddle gear boxes would be a pain in slow, stop-and-go traffic. However, neither the particular Ferrari nor the road was specified. The California, aesthetically and dynamically challenged though it may be, is still a decent drive and a fine GT, as Hammond demonstrated on Top Gear's second quest to find the world's greatest driving road (more on that later). On the right road, even the more track-oriented models would be an absolute joy to drive (see Clarkson in Top Gear's first best driving road episode). The Daytona is a rolling work of art regardless of the setting.
So I actually had to push, yep I know very cowardly of me, but in all fairness I think they both would be nice experiences in their own right. The speed limit on the Ferrari is the equalizer. One week or a week end Ferrari, wouldn't be close either.
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