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Submitted by: Bob Builder Comments: 0 (Read/Post)
Here's some constructive criticism from our friends across the Atlantic. Evidently the USA isn't the only country in the world, the world isn't flat, and Europe is superior in every way to the rest of the world as far as automobile technology goes, I'm glad someone finally set me straight.


From: Bob Builder
A few useful pointers that may help show the error of your ways:

When someone owns a car, it is their right to modify it in whatever way they wish (assuming it is safe!). Who are you to attempt to deny them that right?

In the world outside the USA (yes, it does exist, look at a globe) we have wonderful inventions such as independent suspension and Turbos. These two devices along with a lot of electronics make European and Japanese cars far ahead of the pathetic 'vee-hicles' produced by your country. A recent magazine article described the Chevy Caprice as 'having similar handling qualities to a hovercraft'. So, to recap this vital statement, most yank cars are similar in size, performance and handling to an iceberg.

Your comments on wings gave we British Students the best laugh for some weeks. Aerodynamic wings provide grip at high speeds, as any fool knows. Therefore, they are needed on all cars whether front, rear or four wheel drive. A vehicle without wings that is not specifically designed for racing becomes unstable at high speeds. If you want proof, look at the super touring races - these cars have huge rear wings to keep them stable at their top speeds of approx 140mph mind you, your cars are unstable at any speed.
The invention of independent suspension which took off in Europe around 30/40 years ago would seem to have passed you by, judging by the corvette. The Turbo-Charger would also not seem to have caught on in the USA - still, if you can't decide who your president is, what hope have you of designing precision-built engines.

I am not against all US cars - the Ford GT40 is amazing for example, but I feel that attacking the enthusiast culture surrounding Imported cars is both unfair and unjustified.

You would be ill-advised to race some of these vehicles. all of them handle better than corvettes and mustangs - mind you, so does an oil tanker. Many bodykits hide real performance - the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo series, for example. These combine saloon bodywork with four wheel drive, computer-controlled differentials and a turbo engine producing around 280bhp and as a result have won several world rally championships - That's not like nascar, where they only turn one way - the WRC takes place on the most punishing roads and conditions in the world. A better test of a vehicle's reliability than circuit racing, I feel. Before you argue that these are not standard Lancers, the class that they race in (Group A) allows limited modification. This results in superb road cars.

So, to summarise, US cars are over-stuffed barges with no redeeming qualities. They use outdated technology and in many cases hideously ugly bodywork - kinda like the drivers really!

I'm well aware that you'll try to tear this apart like you do to all the mail. I only hope that you grow up someday and buy proper cars
Posted by: Trooper

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