From Tim Blair:
So you think you’re a good driver. Perhaps, if equipped with the right machinery, you imagine that you could even be a racing driver.
Think again. Here’s Bruno Senna – who’ll compete in Formula One this year – driving two high-powered road cars, the likes of which you and I could buy were we rich enough:
Now, I’m an OK driver. Quick enough not to totally embarrass myself on a closed course, cautious enough not to kill anybody on public roads. And I’ve driven both these cars Senna is driving, so I have a point of comparison. A very exact point, as it happens, precisely at 1:35, when the Brazilian is chatting to the passenger seat camera while flinging that Porsche around.
No. Hands. On. The. Wheel.
In similar circumstances, friends, you and I would be white-knuckling that steering wheel as though we were clutching to a cliff face. Oh, and at 1:54, note how Senna suspends his right hand free of the wheel so that he can strike it at the exact instant to correct a slide. This is something we cannot do.
In the Nissan, Senna lets the thing correct slides by itself; he’s basically steering it with his right foot. Easy for him. Impossible for us.
In other fasty motoring goodness, Mr Blair also points to a Michael Schumacher Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG commercial:
http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/timblair/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/ceiling_car/ (And I now have a troublingly persistent erection.)