I’ve gone fast. In a car. Under my own control.
130 MPH fast.
In a car designed for high MPH.
Think autobahn bomber: MB 420 SEL, which my MB mechanic explained is designed and engineered to perform at high speed, to “stiffen up” the chassis at higher speed.
I’ve also accelerated rapidly. In a friends Porsche 911. In a friends insanely fast Tesla. And in my own 1965 Mustang fastback.
I’ve experienced G-forces, a feeling of gravity attempting to pull me out the back of the car as the car moves forward. Heart pounding stuff, as it comes on suddenly.
I’ve experienced the adrenaline rush of acceleration. I’ve experienced the intensity of high speed: the need for focus and certainty – in the machine, the roadway and the driver. (There’s more than 130 MPH in a 420 SEL.)
I’ve been around dragsters and funny cars.
Many are insanely loud, as exhaust vents without the back-pressure and noise suppression inherent in muffling. (If you’ve never stood or sat near a dragster or “funny car” try starting your 300+ cu. in. internal combustion engine with the exhaust manifold detached. Now, multiply that sound by 2, 3, 4+ Xs. I suggest ear protection.)
Dragster Experiences generally require at least a half day and sometimes a full day to get the full experience. Ordinarily you won’t be taking the wheel of a fully race-ready high performance dragster. There’s simply too much risk, both of injury and financial loss due to damage to the vehicle. Most runs will be partnered, with you suited up and strapped – in a passenger seat.
Chances are you will have fun…and it will be safer and less expensive than a leasing a Tesla or bombing down a highway in any car, on any highway.
Unless that highway is the German autobahn and that car costs north of $100,000.00.
photo by Army.mil