(Last) Weekly Roundup: The Resolution Of Romance Edition

Apologies for the tardiness of this one — I’m still catching up on all my unfinished business from the New York Auto Show.

Over at R&T, I wrote about a BMWCCA chapter that banned cars with certain driver-aid features from its trackdays. This article caused a minor tempest in a teapot and the chapter in question has now genuflected before both its national office and BMW-NA, unequivocally revoking the ban. I also wrote a rather deranged think piece on the Dodge Demon. If you think it’s loopy, you should see what they removed before publishing it!

For TTAC, I wrote about the differences between towing Europe and America, and I asked the readership about two-tone cars.

This week I’ll have a lot more for your amusement, edification, and mild annoyance, both here and in my usual outlets. In the meantime… keep trying!

14 Replies to “(Last) Weekly Roundup: The Resolution Of Romance Edition”

  1. Bigtruckseriesreview

    The biggest issue with the Demon is its lack of a Factory Roll Cage.

    “As Kuniskis notes, “…you’re going to be crash-testing multiple cars, because now you’re going to change all the impact [performance], all the crumple zones in the car. So you’re going to have to reconfigure the way the airbags work, the way the supplemental airbags work, the way the seatbelt tensioners work.”

    All of that time, effort and money, for a 3,300-unit, one-year model could never make financial sense. “You’re talking about a humongous undertaking for a very, very, very small population of the people who know that going in, and can do that on their own,” he says.”

    There is a massive conundrum here.

    #1 The majority of people who buy this car will never track it nor drag it. They bought it to have and to hold – or keep in a garage/museum.

    #2 If they installed a rollcage, everyday-performance would be impacted and the car would be less livable. Can’t drive around with a roll-cage if you don’t have a helmet. You could get a head injury with the bars.

    #3 A car that’s “too fast” for the drag strip…

    In my opinion, FACTORY PRODUCTION CARS like the Demon should be exempt from the NHRA restriction because they are produced to do what they do and already crash-tested and roll-tested. The Demon doesn’t need a roll-cage or parachute to roll 9’s.

    The NHRA restriction should only apply to modified cars.

    Amazing that the Demon is faster than the P100D, Veyron, Chiron and the Aventadors to the 1/4th.

    That’s insane.

    • Athos

      You can buy a roll cage and have it fitted, if so inclined. Certifying the new car with that, specially in an FMVSS regulatory environment, would be a royal PITA.

  2. Dr Ribs Revere

    Two quick questions:
    1) When do you branch out and start writing freelance motorcycle reviews?
    2) With motorcycle season fully upon us in the northern part of the country when does “Bikes out for Harambe” return?

  3. rwb

    I would also love a Rampage 2.2, or any V8 ‘ute really, or even a Hellcat SRT Ram. If they were willing to build the SRT-10, they might as well. That article was the good stuff, though.

    Follow up to last week’s non-sequitur: Bought RT615k+, happy I didn’t get RE71R. After scrubbing in, tried aggressively entering an offramp that stock summers will slide though, these dug, it got weird.

    I don’t know how far these are from non-plus versions, but they’ll bring you to the CoG-related limitations of a Fiesta, for sure.

  4. Athos

    On the Demon article. The Demon is the only thing on earth that is stronger than Chuck Norris and Charles Bronson -together

    On the towing question: buy a Commodore / Chevy SS. It will pull 2000 Kgs / 4000 pounds with a heavy duty tow bar and won’t even bat an eye. Aussie cars FTMFW!

  5. Sseigmund

    I wish more writers would talk about new safety technologies being designed into new cars and give them a real evaluation. On a recent road thrip in a rental Suburban, I finally decided to the test the limits of the lane detection system on a stretch on clear interstate highway. I have had several experiences where the wheel seems to get a mind of it’s own and can “correct” rather strenuously. The first few times this happens it can cause some major sphincter tightening. My worst experience was in Atlanta where roads are always under construction, and lanes choke down much narrower than normal driving lanes. In the multi-lane shift sections, I was afraid I might lose control of the vehicle as the sensors were “detecting” a line too close every few seconds. In a bend with a loaded Suburban, the correction applied by computer can cause the whole vehicle to lurch across the already narrow lane causing the driver to make forceful counter corrections. When you are sandwiched up next to an 18 wheel truck this can cause some very stressful moments. My response was to back off the speed about 25mph until the lanes opened up, but this really pissed off some other motorist. At the first convenient exit, I got off and parked until I figured out how to disable the system.

    Back to the open interstate, I found out that if you let go of the wheel completely the vehicle will correct from right to left and keep in the lane for a short distance. The GM system isn’t sophisticated enough to make slight, smooth corrections but rather will send the vehicle across to the opposite line. The steering angles increase with each correction to the point the vehicle will eventually cross into the next lane. After several corrections, the dash will flash up a message, “TAKE WHEEL”. I’m thinking, “No, Mother F__ker, you want to drive, you can have at it!” 😉

    I still trust my own driving more than any computer and I don’t think the technology is mature enough to roll out to the general public. Often the reactions of the computer are unexpected and counter intuitive, and I can see why this could pose an issue on a race track. I am not at all surprised that the Genesee Valley Chapter of the BCCA ended up bowing to the manufacturer and the governing body. To let the club make this determination would create not end of problems in the march toward autonomous cars. You can’t challenge the safety nazis.

  6. Wulfgar

    I have a 2015 Sublime Hellcat. 6-speed. But I want a Demon. In F8 Green. I doubt if I’d like driving the Demon every day like I do the Hellcat. But I want a Demon

    I’m not getting a Demon. I think.


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