Ten Cars That Want To Kill You -- ROAD TESTAMENT

Uploaded by drive on 11.09.2012


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.
MATT FARAH: Let's see the list.
MIKE SPINELLI: Let's see the list, on Road Testament.
MATT FARAH: Road Testament.
MIKE SPINELLI: Hey, welcome to Road Testament
Look who I have today--
Matt Farah.
MATT FARAH: This guy I left my hair at home.
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.
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.
And I'll be honest, I didn't listen to anyone's suggestions
on Facebook.
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Overpowered is usually a good way to get dead quick.
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.
MATT FARAH: No, it would just go [GRINDING NOISES]
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.
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
Not only has it not aged well--
I mean it didn't age well when it was new.
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.
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.

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MATT FARAH: Ooh, drypits.com.
These lights are hot.
I'm drinking coffee.
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--