To be honest I've never had any problems with to many people trying to race me, except a Ferrari 355, Astra GTE (ha ha) and an E30 and E36 M3. Any of you Evo owners get other raod users trying to race you?
I don't know why, but I have people trying it every day. The list includes CLK, Aston Martin Vantage and of course Imprezas! Bikes are more up for racing and although they are quite impossible in a straight (have beaten a 600 tourer, though) I've managed to lose a 1000 Kawasaki through a nice set of medium size roundabouts. The YZF-R1 is ridiculous, I have had one overtake me on a 300 yard wheelie at 70mph!
To be honest I hardly get anyone trying it on (except for every Scoob thats pulls up at the traffic lights http://www.ltregister.f9.co.uk/graphics/happy1.gif border|EQU| 0 align|EQU| absmiddle > ) Quickest car that did try was a Porsche 911 Carrera 4, but that was level pegging until we parted company at the next roundabout.
I'm surprised by how few people do try it, but it's very difficult to notice if most cars are trying because they get left behind so quickly [img]http://www.ltregister.f9.co.uk/graphics/wink1.gif border|EQU| 0 align|EQU| absmiddle >.
Ferrari 360 was trying to have a go with me on motorway..
I managed to keep up with him all they way until I hit my top speed 160mph(running at 1.3 bar boost), but the 360 was still keep on going..obviously
Well, you can`t really expect much of top speed from a 2.0 engine anyway..
Overall ,it was a good run
By the way, except Impreza Turbo, Skyline GTR always like to pick on EVOs too....
A few months ago a Ferrari 550 maranello was in front of me on some curves,but off course I just had to slow down as he was much slower than the evo could be.
The we went in a long straight tunnel,and I think that we was both surprised.
It was just a long straight line,and I thought that the 550 would be much faster but I was behind him all the long and at 130mph I overtake himhttp://www.ltregister.f9.co.uk/graphics/biggrin1.gif border|EQU| 0 align|EQU| absmiddle >[img]http://www.ltregister.f9.co.uk/graphics/biggrin1.gif border|EQU| 0 align|EQU| absmiddle >[img]http://www.ltregister.f9.co.uk/graphics/biggrin1.gif border|EQU| 0 align|EQU| absmiddle >!(the tunnel was starting to turn a little but it was a curve that you can do at 130mph keeping the accelerator down,maybe he
release it a little bit).
Then it was the highway entrance,so I had to stop and go all the way back.
The guy stopped next to me,and he was asking wath was my car[img]http://www.ltregister.f9.co.uk/graphics/wink1.gif border|EQU| 0 align|EQU| absmiddle >.
He was so surprised that a Japanese white car could follow him without problems in as straight line, What did you do to your engine?Did you put cocaine in it!?! he asked!
Then after some questions like But are the brakes standard?,Is the engine standard?,did you went to a driving school? ,he left,with a car that costs 4 times more than a new evo!!!
If you want to have some competition with your evo you must look for bikes!!!
had an impreza hassle me on the day I got the car. He knew the roads and his car. I knew neither. Wasn't going to write off my new pride and joy finding out so let him by
apart from that the only car to try was a nice new sporty (looking) jaguar. One of these TWR XJ6 types, on a country lane of all places. He pulled out in front of me and dawdled through a village then floored it. Needless to say he needed both sides of the road for every bend (and could have done with even more by the look of it). I stuck to the left hand side of the road implicitly to accentuate his car's cornering
lackability, then blipped the gas and disappeared!
I think bikes are faster only on a very fast highway. A few weeks ago I was driving in a nice road with plenty of corners and I got stuck behind a slower car. A bunch of guys on GSX-Rs and CBRs reached us, and when I was just about to pass the slow car one GSX-R 750 passed me, and despite he was obviously trying hard on the acceleration he was not pulling away as easy as he thought he would (I could see he was keeping an eye on me through the mirror). The rest of the bikes stayed behind. Then we reached a slower area with plenty of corners, and as soon as we reached the first one the biker went heavily on the brakes, placed knee down and the bike started shaking like a rodeo bull, and the same thing happened again in every corner. I was surprised how slow his speed was compared to how easy things seemed to be for my Evo VI TME. I followed him for a few more corners, at what seemed to be 100% of the bike's limit, but not even 70% for us on the Evo. The rest of the bikers had given up already. I never race on the road and although he was making me drive much slower than I would have been if I was not blocked by him I ended up slowing much more and letting him go away because it was starting to look very scary from behind and I did not want to feel guilty for the rest of my life if something happened to the biker.
Sorry for the long and boring story, but I think it prooves the point.
Hehe a Metro or Rover 100 tried it today on a dual carriageway. Lets just say it was no contest although I did have the handicap of having a new engine which had only just done 50 miles! Even keeping it below 4000rpm with gentle acceleration I could beat the poor little tin box although he started to close up very gradually when I got to 100mph and just over 4000rpm! He must have been wringing the guts out of his motor to keep up though!
Before today I can only remember an Impreza WRX or STi trying it on at the lights once and he showed great respect after I beat him. Oh no I tell a lie there was a Rover 220 turbo coupe in front of me who was going for it in the rain through some twistys. I caught up with him but I knew there was no place to overtake and he eventually turned off. By the way he was driving I bet his pants were brown just trying to pull away from me, of course he couldn't though!
Rally man , with u on this one I have done more Superbikes than I care to mention , although also being a biker myself I can say if it were me on the bike an Evo wouldn't have me so I think it's down to the driver/rider. Bikers become so used to blo'in car's on straight line speed that they never become able to exploit the corner speed of their machines and have no idea of the limit, thei r bike is much better than the huge majority of them.
However when I am riding a bike the essential ability is assimilating road surfaces and conditions something that as an Evo driver I can almost ignore , vunerability is the major issue.
Other cars , I don't even bother with Scoobies any more , not much point when u always win http://www.ltregister.f9.co.uk/graphics/happy1.gif border|EQU| 0 align|EQU| absmiddle > The ones I enjoy most are the RS Turbo nutter types , they are so enthusiastic it makes me [img]http://www.ltregister.f9.co.uk/graphics/happy1.gif border|EQU| 0 align|EQU| absmiddle > Usually I stay behind feigning defeat , waiting for a really technical section of road and then WARP it to the max for a crushing and humiliating defeat then slow down , they then usually follow respectfully. I know that this further spreads the Evo legend [img]http://www.ltregister.f9.co.uk/graphics/wink1.gif border|EQU| 0 align|EQU| absmiddle >
Congratulations mate , have u decided to keep it?
Agree 'bout the RS Turbo-types, some of 'em run crazy boost which is fine until their underbonnet temps. start to climb then they fall away for some reason http://www.ltregister.f9.co.uk/graphics/happy1.gif border|EQU| 0 align|EQU| absmiddle >
Then there is the slight matter of corners, nothing better than looking in your rearview after a nice slightly-sideways exit from a corner to see a RS Turbo/Ashtray GTE/Civic VTEC/whatever ploughing helplessly on then spinning a wheel as he bounces it off the rev limiter....
Not many try it on with me but then I don't give them much of a chance http://www.ltregister.f9.co.uk/graphics/TooHappy.gif border|EQU| 0 align|EQU| middle >
I do remember caning an F355 while back. He came up behind me very quickly so I changed down and put the pedal to the metal and pulled into the inside lane. He tryed to overtake me but couldn't I was approaching my turn off so started to slow down but then thaught you dont get a chance to thrash a ferrari often so pulled back into the outside lane and floored it again caught back up with him. He then floored it but he couldnt pull away we were upto bout 145mph by this time then we approached a roundabout and we went are seperate ways.
I was felling very smug at this point [img]http://www.ltregister.f9.co.uk/graphics/Happy.gif border|EQU| 0 align|EQU| middle >
I think I've mentioned my drag with an Audi S4 previously. I stopped at a set of lights on a dual carraigeway (left lane) waiting for them to change and notice the Audi driving up slowly in the right lane. While the red light was still on (with amber) he booted it past. I set off, just short shifting not realising what the car actually was. When I got into 3rd, I realised that I was only just keeping up and certainly not catching. Obviously I used the rev range range in 3rd and 4th, and managed to close up just as his lane was closing, so backed off to let him in. At the next set of lights (single carraigeway now) I got a look at that little badge. Those Audi's are quicker than you'd think and a lot more discrete than the EVO's and Scoobies.
As for bikes, I've been on both ends of the stick.
Many years ago I chased a Sierra Cossie on my ZXR 750. In a straight line I had no problems keeping up but on this twisty B road I couldn't keep up through the bends and backed right off so that I didn't trash my bike.
Shortly after getting the EVO, a ZX7 R tried it on, cutting me up to turn left at a roundabout. As we blasted away from the roundabout he must have missed a gear or something like that as I almost rammed him. I don't know who [email protected] himself more as I swerved around him with inches to spare.
I'm with Anil on this - never seem to get challenges - possibly the intimidation factor, although spending a lot of my time in the SE of England there are less opportunities for this sort of stuff without being criminally dangerous. The Max Power boys seem to have too much respect to try it and Scoobs don't seem to react. The only time I have have a reaction was from a Beemer M3 who thought it was a good idea to prove a point on a crowded Motorway so I let the t**t get on with it.
I agree the EVO gets alot of respect and amp; its capabilities are well known by car the world, but running unsuspecting bikes down is where the FUN is http://www.ltregister.f9.co.uk/graphics/tongue1.gif border|EQU| 0 align|EQU| absmiddle >
yeah!! most will read about the E6s cause thats about all the publicity Evo,s really get.
I get all sorts trying to have ago .
M3 speciality ,off light i will take them. 135mph then i will decline if a real nutty bugger as i'm taken on top end.
Brabus merc,audi A3T, A4T, A6s,peugot 406 coupe.clio 172 ,rover 220 turbo,
Rover [big jobby vitesse]flashed me for 8 miles trying to overtake me on the inside lane of the motorway[no chance]
WRx X 3 .various modded vauxhalls,1 T5 police car ,from lights just look at them and smile .
porche carerra |PLS| 2 bikes ,bikers thought I was in a beamer ,untill I took the porche .
Short stretch as I know I would have been beaten to 100.Sunny gti-R ,must be un modded as left him over 8 sec period.
And thats just the the ones that tailed me and responded,there are plenty more that just responded and gave up after 200 yrds.
This is only to say that i know the roads I travelled on and that i am an average speed freak.
The thing is to drive quite fast most places and you will always get a challange .
Respect to those who have past me, 0 so far .
Mark Thanks for letting me ride in that Escort cossie of yours ,most of the journey was a blurrrr but frigging terrific all the same .my pants survived 9 secs to 100 mph .Swop it for my Evo !!