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I was sunny and dry today so I called my 95 year old Dad, who lives 150 miles return trip away,and asked if he wanted picking up in the Mclaren. Yes that would be great he said if you take me the long way round, ie the twisty route.

On the way to collect him I began to think the Mac was not as fast as I remember having now completed 7000 miles. Then I upped the revs and pace. Then I did a traffic light get away on warm tyres. Yes it is fast but familiarity does slow it down as you get used to the ballistic pace.

Anybody else know what I'm saying?

On the return journey my Dad said it is a brilliant riding car if a little slow. What speed do you think we are doing Dad? 80 mph? Well you can add 50 mph to that (we had diverted to a German Motorway).

It's a deceptive companion, the car not my Dad!
 

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It also helps (hinders?) that the car doesn't *feel* fast. Since it never starts to wobble or float or anything else that, say, an MX-5 would start to do at higher speeds, means that you always feel like you're going slower than you really are.

I have this same problem in my MINI. If I don't have traffic around me and I'm not paying attention, I almost always find myself going 20something mph over the limit because that's when I start to feel like I'm going "a good speed for this section of the road".
 

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Yes, agreed , plus the wind noise is reasonably low, another speed/pace signal.
 

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Try karting - I get back in the 12C and wonder if something broke (and if they installed massagers in the seats without telling me... full day in a kart and anything with a cushion feels divine).
 

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I was sunny and dry today so I called my 95 year old Dad, who lives 150 miles return trip away,and asked if he wanted picking up in the Mclaren. Yes that would be great he said if you take me the long way round, ie the twisty route.

On the way to collect him I began to think the Mac was not as fast as I remember having now completed 7000 miles. Then I upped the revs and pace. Then I did a traffic light get away on warm tyres. Yes it is fast but familiarity does slow it down as you get used to the ballistic pace.

Anybody else know what I'm saying?

On the return journey my Dad said it is a brilliant riding car if a little slow. What speed do you think we are doing Dad? 80 mph? Well you can add 50 mph to that (we had diverted to a German Motorway).

It's a deceptive companion, the car not my Dad!
RIC the car is NOT getting slower you are getting OLDER !
Also this is why YOUR MATE RON is adding 25hp in October, now all you got to do is sort the paint out ! !:D:D:p:p
 

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I was sunny and dry today so I called my 95 year old Dad, who lives 150 miles return trip away,and asked if he wanted picking up in the Mclaren. Yes that would be great he said if you take me the long way round, ie the twisty route.

On the way to collect him I began to think the Mac was not as fast as I remember having now completed 7000 miles. Then I upped the revs and pace. Then I did a traffic light get away on warm tyres. Yes it is fast but familiarity does slow it down as you get used to the ballistic pace.

Anybody else know what I'm saying?

On the return journey my Dad said it is a brilliant riding car if a little slow. What speed do you think we are doing Dad? 80 mph? Well you can add 50 mph to that (we had diverted to a German Motorway).

It's a deceptive companion, the car not my Dad!
Very deceptive RIC,and you have to keep your wits about you if you need to stop quickly as your always going at least 30 mph quicker than you think you are! Ive stopped driving quickly (thats relative) in comfort mode it lulls me into a false sense of security especially on B roads.
 

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Airplanes feel very slow at 500 mph...
 
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