Ten Cars That Want To Kill You — /ROAD TESTAMENT

Ten Cars That Want To Kill You — /ROAD TESTAMENT


MIKE SPINELLI: Some of the
world’s most exciting cars are exciting because they
want you dead. Today, the top cars that
what you dead. Matt Farah, you’ve driven
a lot of them. MATT FARAH: I have, which it’s a
good thing I’m here today to talk about it, with this
amazing new table. MIKE SPINELLI: Cars are more
dangerous than heart disease. What? MATT FARAH: Let’s
see the list. MIKE SPINELLI: Let’s see the
list, on Road Testament. MATT FARAH: Road Testament. [MUSIC PLAYING] MIKE SPINELLI: Hey, welcome
to Road Testament Look who I have today– Matt Farah. MATT FARAH: This guy I
left my hair at home. MIKE SPINELLI: Ah. I have some I could loan you. For $50 Actually, that’s
not a loan. @DRIVE on Twitter. And the Facebook thing, because
we asked this question on Facebook. The cars that are out to get
you, out to kill you. MATT FARAH: There are a few. MIKE SPINELLI: There
are a few. MATT FARAH: Why is there no
@TheSmokingTire, by the way? I’m a little offended. There should be an
@TheSmokingTire. MIKE SPINELLI: They’ll put
that on your lower thigh. MATT FARAH: Put that
on my lower th– this general area. MIKE SPINELLI: Matt Farah. MATT FARAH: Now this list
is not an in order of appearance list. This is a random list. MIKE SPINELLI: Yeah, this
is a random list. You’ve driven a lot
of these cars. The idea was that there are some
cars out there that are just dangerous as hell. MATT FARAH: Right. And I’ll be honest, I didn’t
listen to anyone’s suggestions on Facebook. MIKE SPINELLI: Right. Some of these are more
obvious than others. Some of them sort of go down
in history as the most dangerous cars. MATT FARAH: Some might be a
little surprising, even. MIKE SPINELLI: Hopefully
there’ll be some surprises in there. So let’s get right down to the
first one, Hennessey Venom. This is a car you just drove. MATT FARAH: Very obvious,
Venom GT. 1,244 horsepower, 2,700
pounds, twin turbo, V8 in a Lotus. And this car has three
settings for power. There’s 800 horsepower 1,000
horsepower, and 1,250 horsepower. But it’s more like hospital,
morgue, and dental records are the three settings. There are so many ways to die
in this car, whether through sheer speed, exiting the road
at well into the triple digits, which is possible. And then on the Spider version
that I drove– you know how people say you
should never get in a roll cage car without a helmet? MIKE SPINELLI: Yes MATT FARAH: There’s a roll
cage in that car. MIKE SPINELLI: Oh,
there you go. So banging your head against
the roll cage– MATT FARAH: Banging your head
against the roll cage, even though it’s a suede-wrapped
roll cage. So it’s sort of like getting
beaten over the head with a Prada handbag. MIKE SPINELLI: Or it’s like
playing football in 1920. MATT FARAH: Exactly, like
playing football in 1920. Now, the car itself is fairly
stable, actually, at speed. It’s fairly easy to drive,
which is both a good and a bad thing. Because it’s so easy to drive,
it’s also much easier to die. MIKE SPINELLI: Right. And it doesn’t have a lot
of traction control and that kind of stuff. MATT FARAH: Or airbags. There’s no airbags. It has no airbags. MIKE SPINELLI: Well,
not that you– at the speed you’ll be going
when you leave the road, you’re not going to
need those anyway. MATT FARAH: The airbag, at that
point, would be more like a catcher of pieces than
anything else. MIKE SPINELLI: You’d need a net
to catch all the pieces. MIKE SPINELLI: If you crash this
thing, the seat belt will literally saw you in half. Like in Commando, where he hurls
that rotary saw blade. MIKE SPINELLI: So that’s
not to say that this is poorly built. MATT FARAH: No. MIKE SPINELLI: It’s
just that it’s– MATT FARAH: It’s just so fast
that you won’t hit something at 20 or 30. You will hit something
at 220 or 230. MIKE SPINELLI: At that point,
there’s nothing you can do. MATT FARAH: It’s game over. It’s game over. MIKE SPINELLI: By the
way, watch Matt’s DRIVE piece on that. MATT FARAH: Its short, but
that’s because I was only allowed to drive it
for 30 miles. MIKE SPINELLI: Right. The secret mystery celebrity– MATT FARAH: Steven Tyler. John didn’t want to think he
was using Stephen’s name to promote the car. Which he wasn’t. So he asked me to leave
his name out of it. Hi, JF. MIKE SPINELLI: Hey,
JF Musial’s here. MATT FARAH: But yeah, it’s
obviously Steven Tyler’s car. And it literally had 150 miles
on it when I drove it. So, you know. We live in the world. The world has rules sometimes. MIKE SPINELLI: All right,
so what’s next, Max? Here’s another car that
you drove recently. MATT FARAH: I just drove this. The 2013 Shelby GT 500. 662 horsepower, 631
pounds of torque. MIKE SPINELLI: By the way,
this is a modern car. MATT FARAH: Brand-new car. MIKE SPINELLI: Produced
by a large company– MATT FARAH: Who presumably
employs lawyers, which is amazing. MIKE SPINELLI: So what’s the
problem with this thing? MATT FARAH: Well,
there’s a couple problems with this thing. One is that this car is
ludicrously overpowered for this chassis. Every Mustang I’ve ever driven,
from this to Super Snakes, that has more than 550
horsepower, gets progressively worse the more power you add. Secondly, it has a
live axle in it. And as good a job as they do at
minimizing the live axle, if you are going fast through
a corner and you hit a bump, it will take a hop on you. If you are not prepared for
said hop, you will end up going off the road backwards. And third, this car has some of
the most inadequate brakes I have ever used
in a fast car. They say they’re Brembos,
because they say Brembo on them, but I don’t believe it. I melted these brakes in about
15 minutes of hard driving. The rear brake caliper is a
single-piston caliper, and my test car was the
Track Pack car. And you could literally– Jack Baruth from Truth About
Cars said he completely fried the brakes in two laps in VIR. And to sell a car with that much
horsepower and without enough brakes to rein it in– that car wanted me dead. And I’m amazed that I gave
it back in one piece. MIKE SPINELLI: Being overpowered
for the chassis is sort of a running thread through
the most dangerous cars in the world. MATT FARAH: Yeah. Overpowered is usually a good
way to get dead quick. MIKE SPINELLI: Right. But taking down the
horsepower is actually good thing because– we’ve both talked about this
in other places, where the Laguna Seca– MATT FARAH: The Boss Laguna
Seca is the best Mustang you can buy. Engine, brakes, suspension,
chassis are all kind of in harmony. This is just a motor that drags
around a piece of metal. The motor is an animal
in this car. It’s just so ridiculously
fast. In a straight line,
it’s crazy. But the rest of the car,
honestly, cannot keep up to the motor. MIKE SPINELLI: Maybe the
next generation. MATT FARAH: And oh, furthermore,
I was able to drift this car at Spring
Mountain with all the driver’s aids left on. So they did pretty
much nothing. So yeah, the GT 500 absolutely
wants you dead. MIKE SPINELLI: So
the nannies were sleeping with the gardener? Is that the nanny sleeping
with the gardener? MATT FARAH: I would drift and
it would make a funny noise, but it wouldn’t stop drifting. MIKE SPINELLI: [WHINING NOISES] Stop. MATT FARAH: No, it would just
go [GRINDING NOISES] OK. Wants you dead. GT 500. MIKE SPINELLI: OK,
what’s next, Max? Oh, all right, so
the Jag XJ220. MATT FARAH: This one was
your call, actually. MIKE SPINELLI: This was
my call, because– for two reasons. The concept car had a V12, a
naturally aspirated V12. That’s the first thing. The later car had a turbo 6. And the thing that a couple of
you guys said on Facebook was that Group B cars are
actually the most dangerous cars to drive. MATT FARAH: Notoriously
dangerous. MIKE SPINELLI: Notoriously
dangerous. MATT FARAH: But we’ve left
race cars off the list. MIKE SPINELLI: Yes, we’ve left
race cars off the list. So it was the XJ220 that
actually had a Group B engine. It had the Walkinshaw– Max, one more. It had the engine out
of the MG Metro. MATT FARAH: This, actually– if
we had included race cars, this would probably be
way crazier than– because the XJ220 has
aerodynamics and wheelbase. MIKE SPINELLI: Exactly. Except turbo lag for days. MATT FARAH: Go back. Go back one. The irony of this car is, if it
actually had the V12 in it, it would still probably make
the list just due to sheer risk of fire. MIKE SPINELLI: The cooling needs
may not have been met to the extent that it needed. But the crazy thing about this
car is, it is hard to drive because of that. And there are other cars
on this list– MATT FARAH: You’re probably
old enough that you’ve actually driven one of these. Have you driven an XJ220? MIKE SPINELLI: Yes,
but not at speed. I kind of just moped around. MATT FARAH: How was it moping? MIKE SPINELLI: Not a
whole lot of fun. MATT FARAH: Like, ever other
supercar from 1991 was awful. MIKE SPINELLI: Same thing, like
don’t meet your heroes. MATT FARAH: Yeah, awful. MIKE SPINELLI: But at speed,
apparently it’s better. MATT FARAH: So you have to go
faster to make it good. MIKE SPINELLI: Exactly. It’s almost like driving a
downforce car, where the faster you go, the
safer it is. MATT FARAH: But if you lose it,
you’re probably just dead. MIKE SPINELLI: And you’re
probably just dead. Also, if you’re in a
corner and you get the turbo lag wrong– MATT FARAH: Because this was
really laggy, right? MIKE SPINELLI: Yeah. And that’s the Group B thing,
because when it does kick on, it’s massive. MATT FARAH: Mid-engine, tons
of turbo lag, dead. MIKE SPINELLI: Dead. Next. MATT FARAH: This is the
Vector W8 Twin Turbo. This is one of the
worst-engineered, worst-conceived supercars
of all time. It had a 600-and-change
horsepower, twin turbo, 427 in the back, transverse, made into
a three-speed automatic transmission that had no manual
shifting controls whatsoever. And it also had a three-across
bench seat. MIKE SPINELLI: And the problem
is that it’s ugly as hell. It took them, what, 10 years
to get this thing from prototype to production. MATT FARAH: Right. Not only has it not
aged well– I mean it didn’t age well
when it was new. MIKE SPINELLI: Exactly. It didn’t age well from the time
that they designed it to the time that it actually
came out. Because it was designed in the
late ’70s, and it actually really does have that
late ’70s look. So eventually this might
be really cool, in the way that a Bricklin– if you like the Bricklin,
like, that sort of– MATT FARAH: I would
take a Vector over a Bricklin, I think. And the other bad
thing about– this car’s most famous moment
is in the movie Rising Sun, where it crashes into a giant
fireball and the guy dies. Think about product placement
for a second. How bad was Jerry Wiegert’s
product placement guy that they said, we really want to
use your car in this movie. And he goes, all right,
no problem. We’re going to make your
car look great. It’s going to be the
bad guy’s supercar. It’s going to crash and explode
in three seconds. MIKE SPINELLI: It’s
like, come on! MATT FARAH: Yeah, these
things are terrible. And if you’re inside, the
dashboard very strongly resembles a wall. So if you crash, your just
head-oning a wall. MIKE SPINELLI: The next– not the next picture, the next
Vector looked even worse. It was probably a little
bit better– MATT FARAH: And it was
a re-bodied Diablo. There is a very good reason
people don’t re-body Lamborghinis. You’re basically taking the
worst of this and the worst of a Lamborghini and sticking them
together into the worst possible car you can imagine. MIKE SPINELLI: By the
way, we’re talking about our top 10. The number 11 was the Diablo. MATT FARAH: The one that got
bumped was the Diablo. Yeah, Vector, if you drive one
of these things, your odds of death are astronomical. MIKE SPINELLI: But your odds
of everyday awesome– MATT FARAH: Your odds of owning
a great set of pants– really good with this car. MIKE SPINELLI: I mean, a person
who drives around town in a Vector is going
to get noticed now. Even though everybody’s
going to think you’re driving a kit car. MATT FARAH: Yeah. Nobody would believe that’s an
actual supercar that was retailing for $400,000
at one point. MIKE SPINELLI: Andre
Agassi, right? So this is the Andre
Agassi story. MATT FARAH: Didn’t
he have this one? MIKE SPINELLI: That might
have even been this one. MATT FARAH: This is his. MIKE SPINELLI: The tennis player
Andre Agassi made his– when he was a basically
a kid tennis player– MATT FARAH: When he
was Andre Agassi. MIKE SPINELLI: When he was
really Andre Agassi. Before he came back and was
Andre Agassi again. MATT FARAH: When he was playing tennis, not hawking Rogaine. MIKE SPINELLI: Yeah, exactly. He kind of rushed them to finish
his, because it was, like, $455,000. And he wanted it, and they
actually rushed it out, and they shipped it to him– MATT FARAH: Nothing like
a rushed-out Vector. Nothing says reliability– MIKE SPINELLI: And they said,
here, you can show this. Just don’t drive it. MATT FARAH: What do you think
his warranty was? Three years, 36 miles? MIKE SPINELLI: They were like,
yeah, we haven’t actually finished it. So you can show people, but
don’t actually drive them around in it yet. MATT FARAH: You know what
really ruined this car? The US market lights. MIKE SPINELLI: That’s a shame. That killed it, right? MATT FARAH: WIthout those, it
would have been a killer car. MIKE SPINELLI: All right,
Max, what’s up? Oh. Here’s a shout out to
our UK friends. MATT FARAH: This is the
obvious of obvious. MIKE SPINELLI: Well, this
is the most obvious. A car that was designed
to flip over. They race these now, and people
only watch the races on the chance, which is every
race, that a few of them will flip over. MATT FARAH: It’s like NASCAR. MIKE SPINELLI: It’s like NASCAR
with more accidents. MATT FARAH: If you want to
watch a racing series– and people get mad at me because
I say that I watch racing for the crashes, and
that’s cold and not cool. Screw them. That’s why I watch racing. I want to see stuff break. I don’t want to see anyone
get hurt, but I want to see stuff– I would watch this series. MIKE SPINELLI: You are
the audience for Reliant Robin racing. MATT FARAH: Absolutely. MIKE SPINELLI: That’s a
controlled venue, though. So you’ve got all of these cars
that are similar, going around in circles and crashing
like every other car crashes. But on the road. Imagine driving this
on the road. You’d just– going around a
country bend, and just flip over into a tree. MATT FARAH: When I watched the
Top Gear piece on this, which is possibly the funniest thing
ever put on television, even when he was going in a straight
line and not rolling, it looked like he could
genuinely roll at any second, just due to the littlest– I mean, you could run over
an ant, and just– MIKE SPINELLI: That’s the
dramatic tension of the Reliant Robin, is that at
any moment, you could just be on the roof. MATT FARAH: What’s so amazing
about these things is that cars like the T-Rex and the
Morgan 3 Wheeler, which are basically just this driving
in reverse, don’t roll. It’s amazing how wrong
they got this design. MIKE SPINELLI: If they had just
turned the body around. Think of what they
could have done. MATT FARAH: You could have
a great LeMons car by– yeah, see? Now we’re talking. MIKE SPINELLI: Oh,
that’s awesome. I love it. Let’s do that. MATT FARAH: Do you think you
could get a Reliant Robin to pass tech at LeMons? I don’t think you could. I don’t think they
would let you. MIKE SPINELLI: It would
take a lot of bribes. It would take a case of really
expensive Scotch. All right, what’s next? MATT FARAH: Yes An
Ariel Atom V8. It’s 500 horsepower– two liter? Two and a half liter? Two point something liter. MIKE SPINELLI: The Hartley V8? Or is it the– MATT FARAH: It’s two
Yamaha liter bike engines stuck together. MIKE SPINELLI: So two point– what was it, 2.6, something
like that? MATT FARAH: It’s two
point something. MIKE SPINELLI: What
is it, 1.3? I don’t know. MATT FARAH: It’s absurd. I drove an Ariel Atom, the
300-horsepower version. And the absolute last thing that
would ever occur to my mind when getting out of that
car is, 200 more horsepower is absolutely necessary here. This car, it’s not so much about
dying in it as it is about getting ejected from it. Because just by looking at that
car, you could tell that you’re not going to die in it. You’re going to die 100 feet
away from it, over the wall you just hit. It’s so absurd. MIKE SPINELLI: This is not
a car to toy with. And it’s a toy. MATT FARAH: It’s a ladder with
a V8 on it, basically. MIKE SPINELLI: A bent
ladder with a V8. By the way, an awesome car
with 200 horsepower. An awesome car with 250. MATT FARAH: 300– I drove it and it was
overpowered, honestly. MIKE SPINELLI: I mean, honestly,
the power to weight ratio of this is like a horse
dragging a pack of cigarettes. MATT FARAH: Because not only
could you get ejected from it. Who knows what happens if
you just hit something. Does that car survive
an accident at all? Or even if you hit the gas pedal
hard enough, you can get sucked right into that thing. There’s a reason they put a
little mesh cage over this. If you remove that, your
head is going into the intake all day long. MIKE SPINELLI: It’s
like a food mill. MATT FARAH: Like
a wood chipper. It’s a 500-horsepower
chipper shredder. MIKE SPINELLI: You
end up as sauce. MATT FARAH: Yeah. It’s like the end of Fargo. MIKE SPINELLI: We’re
sorry, Mrs. Farrah. He’s sauce now. MATT FARAH: All you have to do
in this car is follow someone a little too closely,
and you’re getting a rock to the face. MIKE SPINELLI: That’s
another problem. You better be wearing
a very good helmet. MATT FARAH: Have you ever seen
what the optional windshield looks like on one of these? It’s about the size of a Post-It
note, and it goes right here, and it does
absolutely nothing. When I drove one, I was getting
rocks in my pant legs, rocks in my face. I took a rock to the chest. This is the most dangerous
car you can– MIKE SPINELLI: Where were
you driving it? Through the Valley
of the Kings? MATT FARAH: I drove
it in Seattle. It’s ridiculous. Such a crazy car, but
at the same time– MIKE SPINELLI: People
were just throwing rocks at you, I think. MATT FARAH: I think they might
have known I was Jewish. I think that was the problem
Someone told them there was a Jew in town driving a sports
car with no top, and people were like, I’ve been waiting for
this day my entire life. I even got JF to laugh
with that one. JF’s dying. [LAUGHS] MIKE SPINELLI: Max,
what’s next? MATT FARAH: This coffee’s hot. I’m sweating. MIKE SPINELLI: All right,
this is an obvious one. MATT FARAH: First-generation
Dodge Viper. Worst-engineered car to ever
come out of a proper factory. MIKE SPINELLI: I– all right, I might stop
short of that. MATT FARAH: The second worst? MIKE SPINELLI: I mean, don’t
forget what they were making at the time. MATT FARAH: That’s true. MIKE SPINELLI: OK, granted it
was made to go really fast. Now whether or not you could
keep it out of the weeds basically depended on your
ability to manage all that stuff going on. MATT FARAH: Pretty much. This car had a pretty
flexible chassis. And flexible is a pretty
kind term there. Honestly, look at
this panel gap. You can see this panel gap from
here to that camera over the entire internet to
your home screen. From 10 feet away, you can
see that panel gap. MIKE SPINELLI: Wait, that’s
supposed to be there. That’s an intake. MATT FARAH: This car is 450
horsepower, no traction control, no airbags, no safety
features whatsoever. The transmission tunnel
could give you burns on your right leg. This pipe will give you burns
on your left leg. You’ll get a sunburn
on your head. God forbid you’re driving
this thing and it rains. You might actually
drown in there. There are a lot of good
ways to die in a first-generation Viper. MIKE SPINELLI: And for a
car that’s so wide– I mean, what were the
tires on the back? 345s? MATT FARAH: 345s or 335s. MIKE SPINELLI: So even with
that, even with all that rubber, it still couldn’t
save you. MATT FARAH: You almost can’t
keep these things straight. You hit the gas, and it just
goes over a lane on its own. And have you ever
tried to drive– I’ve tried to drive one of
these cars with the side windows affixed. Remember these? MIKE SPINELLI: Yeah. MATT FARAH: This car did not
have roll-up glass windows. This car had North Face
tent windows. And it was plastic
and black canvas. And if you have to put those
windows on, your odds of getting broadsided from either
side go up exponentially. MIKE SPINELLI: Eventually
they put a roof on it. MATT FARAH: That made
it a little better. MIKE SPINELLI: That made it a
little bit better, because if you do you turn it over– MATT FARAH: I will say that the
new Viper looks excellent. MIKE SPINELLI: By
the way, yes. And they’ve fixed all
of these things. Like, the new Viper– MATT FARAH: We’re talking
1992 levels of Viper. This is some Lee Iacocca,
Carroll Shelby, up late, doing– MIKE SPINELLI: Get that
goddamn thing out! MATT FARAH: This is the
mental age of– the pinnacle of lawlessness,
when it came to– MIKE SPINELLI: That
was the thing. This was a reactionary car. It was a car that came out
because of– it was a reaction to this constricting government
interference for the past years. MATT FARAH: This is a
Texas car for sure. With very little regard
to safety. MIKE SPINELLI: Max, what’s up? Oh, Ruf Yellowbird. MATT FARAH: How do you not love
this car, first of all. MIKE SPINELLI: This is like,
if you were reading Road & Track in 1987– MATT FARAH: This is the end
all and be all of– MIKE SPINELLI: This was it. MATT FARAH: And actually you
could even go so far as to call it a sleeper car. Because it’s got the
narrow body. It has the standard
Carrera wing. It looks, actually, with the
exception of the front bumper, pretty much like a Carrera with
different wheels on it. And this car was the fastest
car in the world in 1987. I think it went 211
miles an hour. It was 2,500 pounds and
469 horsepower. MIKE SPINELLI: It was
absolutely insane. MATT FARAH: And this was before
Porsche started moving their engines inward. MIKE SPINELLI: It was still
in the same place. MATT FARAH: This was way
out, pendulum status– MIKE SPINELLI: It’s one thing
to go 200 in a modern GT2 where the engine’s actually
up a little bit, maybe not completely– MATT FARAH: Not mid-engine,
but it’s getting there. The in-car Nurburgring
lap with this thing– MIKE SPINELLI: I love that. MATT FARAH: What did
you say about that? MIKE SPINELLI: It’s
like he’s sawing. It’s like there’s so much
correction, that it looks like he could start a fire in
the steering column. MATT FARAH: He’s going down the
straightaway doing this to keep the car from ending up
backwards into the Armco. MIKE SPINELLI: It’s
amazing how– if you watch that thing, the
amount of effort with– and the guy, he’s not wearing
a helmet, either. MATT FARAH: Was he wearing
gloves and no helmet? MIKE SPINELLI: I think he had
gloves and no helmet. Just the amount of effort that
it took to keep this thing from going completely
sideways. MATT FARAH: This is like
a contemporary– I did remember reading that
someone suggested the 930 Turbo, which is also a car
that wants you dead. This is a 930 Turbo with 50%
more power and 30% smaller rear tires. If that car wants you dead, this
car has a loaded gun just waiting, just ready. Plus, rear visibility,
I don’t think so. We have no rear visibility. And as well, no air bags, no
safety features, nothing. This is a rolling death
trap of awesome. MIKE SPINELLI: Certainly. Also a throwback, but a very
awesome throwback. MATT FARAH: Brilliant car. They’re worth a lot
of money today. If you could find one. There was one on Bring a
Trailer not long ago. I think it was about $150,000. MIKE SPINELLI: You know what? That’s not bad. MATT FARAH: That’s a good buy. MIKE SPINELLI: That’s a pretty
good buy, because in 20 years, this is going to be a half
a million dollar car. Max? Oh, here’s one. What’s that? MATT FARAH: Any Kia from
the year 2000. I have been in a number of
2000 model year Kias, and things will literally fall
off this car at any time. I’ve been in scary cars
that are fast scary– slow scary. MIKE SPINELLI: But unlike the
old MGs, you don’t have the bumper sticker that says, the
parts flying off this car are of the finest British quality. This is either the
finest Korean– MATT FARAH: This is the lowest
of Korean anything. MIKE SPINELLI: This is before
Hyundai and Kia became the juggernauts that they are now. By the way, I love those rims. Those are like Porsche 914– I forgot what those
are called. MATT FARAH: That’s the only
Porsche thing about this car. I had a girlfriend that had this
exact car, and it was the single most unsafe feeling
car I’ve ever been in. You hit a pothole, and I swear
the suspension punched right through the fender. It drank about a quart
of automatic transmission fluid a day. It was really, really bad. MIKE SPINELLI: Rio means river,
and that’s probably where it should be. MATT FARAH: The river of
automatic transmission fluid flowing from that thing. It leaves a Rio of fluids
behind every time you get in that car. MIKE SPINELLI: So before you–
wait, Max, don’t– this is dramatic tension here. The next car is a car
that you owned. MATT FARAH: Oh yeah. Are we at the final scary car? MIKE SPINELLI: I hope we are. MATT FARAH: Max, are we at
the final scary car? MIKE SPINELLI: Yeah,
go for it. MATT FARAH: This is my– along with DRIVE’s own Larry
Kosilla– we shared this car. We bought it together. ’65 Shelby Cobra. Now, any Cobra– MIKE SPINELLI: ” ’65
Shelby Cobra. MATT FARAH: Well, 2000
’65 Shelby Cobra. Any Shelby Cobra will
be properly scary. Have you driven a Cobra? MIKE SPINELLI: Yes, but– it was properly scary. MATT FARAH: It was properly
scary, right? That is a car that if you don’t
know what you’re doing, it wants you dead. I mean, Bob Bondurant, the fact
that that guy won Le Mans in a Cobra. MIKE SPINELLI: That’s
the thing. Like, those guys– MATT FARAH: Allan McNish,
awesome, but look what he’s driving. Bob Bondurant won Le Mans in
a Shelby frigging Cobra. MIKE SPINELLI: Really. And if you saw– just looking at the old footage
of those guys, it’s really amazing. MATT FARAH: They’re mental. MIKE SPINELLI: They’re sideways
and just constantly at the limit, and this thing– MATT FARAH: So when I bought
a Cobra, I was very young. And a 427 Cobra just
wasn’t enough. So this particular one had a
NASCAR engine in it, along with a Jerico four-speed
crash box transmission. It had no speedometer, no fuel
gauge, no odometer, no blinkers, no windshield wipers,
and an eight-gallon fuel cell, and an exposed
roll bar that was right next to your head. MIKE SPINELLI: Which Larry’s
driving with no helmet. MATT FARAH: With no
helmet, yeah. And I would also drive
it with no helmet. And this car– MIKE SPINELLI: By the way, if
your head goes back, what does it go into? MATT FARAH: Steel. Just tubular steel. MIKE SPINELLI: Just checking. MATT FARAH: That actually
happened to me a few times. I bumped myself on the head
by accelerating too hard. MIKE SPINELLI: You could
literally knock yourself out. MATT FARAH: You could literally
knock yourself out by launching this car. And it weighed 2,200 pounds and
made 610 wheel horsepower. And I drove this car a total of
10 times before I sold it, because I was 100% certain that
if I drove it an 11th time, I would die in it. MIKE SPINELLI: You’re
just insane anyway. What did you do? Did you do anything else
to the suspension? Was it a straight up– MATT FARAH: It was
on coilovers. It was pretty low. It was actually even lower
when we bought it. We had to raise it because
it kept rubbing. But that car was the single
most terrifying car I have ever driven in my life. That was my license plate. It says, make you poo. And that’s what you could make
people do with frequently. That didn’t make any sense– MIKE SPINELLI: With
frequently? MATT FARAH: You kept them
regular in this car. MIKE SPINELLI: But you know
what’s interesting, that New York State let you have that. MATT FARAH: Because
technically it’s makeup, zero, zero. MIKE SPINELLI: Oh,
those are zeroes. MATT FARAH: They must have
thought I was working for Mary Kay or something. Is makeup zero zero available? Make you poo. And that car absolutely would. You would deuce right in
your pants in that car. And we did many, many
times over. And, oh, by the way– MIKE SPINELLI: And that’s
fantastic to know. MATT FARAH: This index
card-sized mirror is the only rear-view mirror, and it looks
directly at this roll bar. So you have zero rear visibility
in this car. MIKE SPINELLI: You have
that camera up on top. MATT FARAH: That’s
for hi-jinks. MIKE SPINELLI: So later you
could see what was behind you. MATT FARAH: Yeah. So you could see what you were
running away from before you rear-ended the 1992 Dodge Viper
right in front of you in that picture. MIKE SPINELLI: Look at that. MATT FARAH: Scary cars
right there. MIKE SPINELLI: Scary cars. Probably the most scary
cars ever built. You guys have your own. Let us know in the comments
below and on Facebook and on @Drive on Twitter. Matt Farah, thanks
for coming in. MATT FARAH: As I drool
coffee on myself. MIKE SPINELLI: That’s
fantastic. It’s all right, man. Don’t worry about it. MATT FARAH: [INAUDIBLE]. MIKE SPINELLI: Driveshirts.com,
and drivepits.com. MATT FARAH: Ooh, drypits.com. These lights are hot. I’m drinking coffee. I’m [INAUDIBLE] MIKE SPINELLI: It’s
ridiculous. Next time, I’m wearing a shirt
with big man boobs on them. I don’t know. What am I saying? MATT FARAH: I’m schvitzing
like a yentl at a Streisand concert. MIKE SPINELLI: You’re going to
have cut this by the time– [CAR ENGINE ROARING]

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100 Comments

  1. can't believe the world fastest car don't have airbag what a shame for a big name hennessy….i've been in a very tragic accident already after i came out the car and look at the trajectory of the accident point i told myself instantly if i didn't had on my seat belt and the car had no airbag i won't be here today typing…

  2. o shit! isnt that the guy who did the $500 car challenge with superspeedersrob? Its crazy cuz i live in the same area that they were in buying used cars on 46.
    i probably crossed paths with him and rob dozens of times. lol. small world!

  3. Evidently, you two have not driven a Detomaso Mangusta. Deemed one of the most beautiful cars in the world. One of the ONLY cars were you can have under AND oversteer…. at the same time! 8MA994

  4. A 600hp NACAR engine with an 8-gallon fuel cell. I bet the only thing that car couldn't pass was a gas station!

  5. I think the Toyota mr2 should be in the list because same as Porsche but at a price point younger drivers could buy it

  6. How about the wedge lotus elite from thr eighties? Every time you hit a moderate bump, you had thousands of glass shards piercing your torso…

  7. I own and drive regularly, a 2013 VW CC 2.0 litre turbo sport. I have gone head to head bumper to bumper with Challenger V8's. It's not about cubic inches anymore. And my XENON light system is off the charts.

  8. yesterday I crashed my cobra (a little bit): in a corner almost get hit by a car who should have gave me way. when I tried to avoid the accident by hitting the accelerator pedal hard, I realized too late that was a huge mistake, because in a split second I had a snap oversteer. Damaged a rim and some paint but everybody is okay thank god. (I drive that cobra for about a year as almost a daily routine, and a split second of inattention and I was just lucky to have empty road and not to hit somebody)

  9. the ariel atom v8 is a 3.0 liter v8 engine. the engine is not yamaha liter bike engines mated together, its two suzuki hayabusa engines.

  10. the ariel atom v8 is a 3.0 liter v8 engine. the engine is not yamaha liter bike engines mated together, its two suzuki hayabusa engines.

  11. Who care is Deadly. Dumbass idea show off to wreck. What about Aventador ,918 , heavy Luanching that stress/ difficult to drive . That my point.

  12. why don't they make them 4×4 get all the power to to road instead of high bhp light weight cars that are back wheel drive that want to spin you off the road

  13. clearly you haven't driven the xk220 because it was in fact a very easy car to drive the only complaint I had was brake fade after three stops from 150.
    The Robin was a great car with the fourth wheel option.

  14. Any car without a windshield (and safety glas). Does not matter if it has a roll cage or not. I was driving once a Lotus Super Seven without windshield (but with cage) on the Nürburgring. No windshield because racing. Everything was fine. The car feeled great. I had a helmet, so I was not worrying much about the lack of protection.I was approaching to an old Porsche 911, was close behind, and I wanted to overtake him, but suddenly the Porsche lost his clutch and bits and pieces came from this car, inpacting literally in my face. I was okay because of the helmet, but a chunk of metal hit me with high velocity on the shoulder. I lost almost control because from this (no ABS, no traction control), my shoulder hurting very bad… I managed to stop the car without issues, climbing out of the car and get behind the fence. Then I waited till the medics showed up: Fracture in the shoulder. Could not move my arm for weeks!

  15. Ahahaha, my first car was a blue 1998 Kia Sephia. It was terrible but great. Awesome fuel economy, I got into a couple of accidents (not my fault) including a head on collision with a Honda Accord. It happened in SF and I drove home to sacramento with a misfire, the Honda had to be towed. I was later rear ended by a Honda Civic and it had a blown radiator and had to be towed, I drove away with just an exhaust leak. The thing wouldn’t die. RIP Sephia.

  16. You guys are full of s*** drinking way too much coffee that Vector was pretty cool the way you say it's outdated it's the only way you can compare it to the other cars yes it is outdated but not when it was first brought out you guys are full of s***

  17. This was hard to watch…….kinda like a radio show where they constantly laugh at their own jokes, but it’s not funny

  18. Lol. The Vector. My dorm neighbor in college worked for Vector in 87/88. Car looked badass back then to me. I knew nothing about cars/performance back then. Looks like junk now.

  19. what you drive if you dont respect it will not respect you i have ford escord mk2 with volvo engine good brakes brembo but wen i drive i respect my car if you dont it will kill you by by

  20. Sounds as if they are not very good drivers, if you exceed the design specifications of any vehicle then that’s what we call natural selection. As for rolling a reliant, it’s possible to roll any vehicle if you’re stupid enough to go round a corner too fast.

  21. 2 thumbs down for bashing the Vector W8 that was built before either of you kids were born, and I'm sure AF neither of you have driven one. Used the wife's account for the other thumbs down. 🖕

  22. You guys are stupid the The vector W8 TwinTurbo was one of the coolest fastest and most ahead of its time cars ever made it represented what American supercars could be held the record at 240 mph… let’s see if in your life times either of you dorks could become aviation expert’s and then start your own car company implementing aviation parts… yeah didn’t think so

  23. I own the GT500 is awesome, I’ve been on the track and strip and it did well. I didn’t “melt” the brembo brakes. Your full of shit!

  24. The host of this show looks like Gollum & Barney Rubble had a baby and then peed on it.

    And yes, I am no catch either, so I can say that.

  25. RE: The GT500

    Of course they melted the brakes on a road course. They come with performance STREET pads. OEM's always use some variant of organic pads because they have relatively low dusting, don't make much if any noise, and work really well under most spirited street driving conditions. Take organic pads on a road course and you're going to melt them, as they're just not designed for that kind of continuous heat load. They put user friendly pads on these cars because most of them will never see a race track and the folks buying them want it to "just work" on the street. The brake calipers up front ARE legitimate 6 piston Brembos, but the pads aren't up to track duty. Put a good semi-metalic pad like some G-loc or Carbotechs and the problem is solved. As for the smaller 1 piston caliper out back, it's not a problem because most of the braking on this car is done by the fronts.

    I guarantee you could take almost any performance car from any automaker that isn't built for track duty from the factory and melt the brakes on them too. Matt knows this of course but for whatever reason chose to gloss over that detail.

  26. If you include racing cars you could include the Ford RS 200 rally car. That was meant to be a crazy car to drive. I think I read somewhere that it had once that killed some spectators who were watching a rally.

  27. If you ever see the film Gumball Rally, from the late 70s, one of the teams of two drives an AC Cobra. Hopefully not a crazy AC Cobra like you guys describe.

  28. When Clarkson rolled the Robin so easy is because they modified it to do so. But still is a bad car but wouldn't roll that easily.

  29. Several of those cars are just cars for MEN. Traction control and ESP are nice things for trips and family hauling. However, when you just want to drive, be a man, learn your cars quirks and stability/sliding mannerisms. That’s the key to having fun, and becoming a safer driver through your instincts.
    Chris Harris took Drive from— please remove this idiot(Matt), to automotive journalism perfection !!!!!

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