The Nature of Fast Driving


Supercars: Worth the risk? 

      Supercars, in my opinion, are very relatable to nature.  Nature is beautiful, inspiring, and has the ability to take one’s breath away.  The sight of the Niagra Falls, for example, is thrilling and breathtaking to many, as are supercars.  Supercars can change a person and, for many, it brings the need for more speed and risk.  The speed one can achieve in a car of such caliber brings absolute elation and the thirst for more.  However, nature can also be brutal and cruel.  In class, we were reading the essay “Jest and Earnest” by Annie Dillard.  In the introduction to this essay, Dillard describes a scene of when she is walking near a lake watching the frogs jump from place to place, while suddenly, she sees a frog die slowly and painfully right in front of her eyes.  In this gorgeous scene of nature, there’s still cruelty and death.  The same can be seen with supercars and F-1 racing.

     The glamour and style seen in F1 racing during the 1970s was phenomenal.  The V-10 era had begun, and speeds were higher and crazier than ever, as was the risk.  As seen in the movie Rush, Niki Lauda almost lost his life while racing the Nurburgring as he pushed his car to the limit of grip on the soaking wet tarmac.  The race went from being extremely competitive and exciting, to absolutely horrifying, as the onlookers saw Lauda trapped in flames and petrol.  The most recent example of supercar brutality was with Paul Walker in a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT.  Walker was out on a drive going to a charity event, having a great time in his gorgeous hypercar, when something…went wrong.  He lost his life in this car which had  three times the horsepower of an average car, and had a reputation for being notoriously difficult to handle.  An average person (a non-petrolhead) would be asking this question : “Why have supercars at all, then?”  Well, for many, the positives of driving a supercar outweigh the negatives.  The thrill of approaching the limit of grip and achieving extremely high speeds as well as the feeling of risk brings people back for more.


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