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Took a fast spin on the autobahn yesterday

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by bmc, Mar 28, 2005.

  1. bmc


    Nov 15, 2003
    First time on the German Autobahn yesterday. I was doing 160km/hr in the slow lane. That's 100mph, keeping up woth the flow. Cars were passing me doing at least 180-200. What a rush. I opened up to 180 at one point.

    The highways in Europe are so nice. Smooth, no bumps or joints.

    Both hands on the wheel at all times. And a big sh*t eating grin!
  2. Dude, what were you driving?
  3. karrot-x

    karrot-x Banned

    Feb 21, 2004
    Omicron Persei 8
    Pssh you dont need to be on the Autobahn to hit 100mph, just go on I-95 with 20 other cars matching you.

    And then of course get scarred you'll get a ticket so you slow back down to 80 :(.
  4. So one day I was driving in my Mustang going north on I-57 between Carbondale and Chicago. I was in the "slow lane" going in excess of 85 (probably somewhere around 95-100- the speedometer ended at 85) as cars were blazing right past me. I'd played along with the going fast in the fast lane bit, but that whole "slow lane" going 90 thing...

    I kind of gave up driving fast in shame. I'm pretty close to winding out my Mustang and a frickin' Escort is on my rear bumper. :spit:

    I figured out what was going on. Southern Illinois University, Friday afternoon. On the way to Chicago. Fast.
  5. My car would explode if I tried to make it go that fast.
  6. I topped my Impala at @ 135 with a tailwind... :smug: for all of 15 seconds on a back road in Holland MA.

    Interesting. The car was stable as all get out...more psychological for me that made me slow it down...
  7. Mike Money

    Mike Money Banned

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    My truck can go 80! Probably couldn't do much faster...

    It does 80-85mph at about 4700 RPMs, i think... and it redlines at 5600 (or 5900)

    Only 5 speeds, so i'd run out of gears before i get going screeching fast.
  8. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    '88 Trans Am on 219 and other higways near my house at about 2am made for some interesting nights! We always made sure if there was any traffic to slow down... we didn't care about us, but if we hurt someone else... I know sometimes I've seen the speedo hit the 120 mark and I was "only" in 5th @ 4500rpm... still had another gear! :eek: 'twas fun, but something I wont do anymore... <100 is perfectly fine...

  9. I topped out a 1973 Olds 88 at around 110-115. I'm not sure how it got there. Stable? Uh, no. It was probably the dumbest thing I've done in a car.

  10. My van does not appreciate speeds over 86-87 miles per hour. Not at all. And everytime I hit I90 between Buffalo and Geneva I get to push it right up there. I <3 I90 when it's moving at a decent pace.
  11. bmc


    Nov 15, 2003
    Subaru Legacy wagon. 2.2L

    It's a great highway cruiser. Heavy consumption with city driving. Swiss highways have sections that are not speed controlled, and cars generally cruise at 80mph. Driving closer to 100 is not a big leap.

    Most of the cars was doing 95-100mph. Most of the really fast cars passing us were Mercedes, BMW or Audi. Didn't see any Porsches or Ferrari's. I have an older BMW 320i that I look forward to someday taking it on the autobahn. I have opened it up to 190km/hr, which is probably close to 120-130mph. At those speeds you are paying close attention to everything around you and you are looking way down the road in anticipation.

    The fastest I ever drove was 216 km/hr test driving a Porsche Boxster 5-6 years ago. I was living in Bahrain, in the Persian Gulf, and we opened it up to see what it would do. It goes very fast, very well. Not my favorite Porsche, but it's a Porsches and they are made to be driven as such. I think that was the last time I had a sh*t eating grin while driving.

    I really hope as many of you as possible get the opportunity to drive on a German highway. The speed is uncontrolled in may sections, and the roads are so well paved, they are seamless. The countryside is very beautiful. The driving culture is accustomed to really stepping out when you are on the highway. I don't believe they have a higher acvcident rate than North America. European cars are made for fast driving. It's not unusual to see BMW's wagon's with speedometers clocked to over 240 Km/hr.

    You'll be humming along at 140 and you check mirrors to pull out to pass. There's nothing behind you. I mean nothing. You pull out and start to over take and you see head lights closing in really fast behind you, so you step on it and complete the pass at around 170 and some E class Mercedes just smoke past past you at around 190-200. It's totally wild.

    I hope you have the chance to drive it cuz it is exhilarating. It's is just one big grinning session. Oh...and it really helps to have some good driving tunes cranked up while you at it. And both hands on the wheel.
  12. One of my goals in life is do drive the Autobahn. :hyper:

    Man, we'd never see something like that in America. There'd be hundreds of deaths daily.
  13. I had the chance to max out my taurus the other day, but by the time I got to the end of the straight away on 138(jamestown 138) it started to go uphill and turn a little.

    Got it past the speed odometer of 85, prolly going around 90.
  14. I will say that my girlfriend has a 98 TA. I will say that car is "mighty pow'rful." I will say I respect power like that after turning over the tires and making the rear end slide to the side after punching it at 45mph. I will not say how fast I have gotten that car up to for short periods of time.

    I got my 03 Outback up to 112 or so, downhill with a tailwind. As soon as it levelled out I slowed down some. :p

    I've noticed that the car gets markedly reduced gas mileage as the RPMs climb. :p
    I had an 88 Taurus wagon, I don't know what the top end was on there, but it must've been pretty big with the 3.8L 6-cyl.
  15. Yeah dude, it totally freaked me out...I guestimate at the speed as the needle was buried...maybe I'm a little off...just seemed like there was plenty of pedal after...

  16. Reason why things such as the Autobahn exist without much higher accident rates is because people actually follow the basic rules of driving here.
    I lived in Chicago for 5 years and have driven over many parts of the US. It seems that it's a "anything goes" sort of environment at times, especially around bigger cities, though. I saw everything from cars speeding past me from the right to Soccer Mom's driving 40 in the left most lane(that was on a 4 lane highway by the way!).
    Stuff like that is just extremly rare here but then again, Drivers licenses aren't just handed out to anyone here.
  17. burk48237

    burk48237 Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Oak Park, MI
    I played chase with four very fine young women in a convertable on I-94 between Chicago and Milwauke about 15 years ago, I got my Acura legend to about 125mph, thats about as fast as I've gone, all though north bound on I 75 in MI. you can cruise fairly safely at 80-90 north of about West Branch. It's sure not Ohio, where they'll give someone a ticket with out of state plates for going 52 in a 50 zone, Actually happened!!!!!
  18. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    I was shocked in high school to find that I could get my mother's early 90's Nissan Sentra up to 114mph (going down hill). It was probably on the verge of self-destructing.

    brad cook
  19. UnsungZeros

    UnsungZeros The only winning move is not to play.

    So true. :(
  20. kaboom133


    Oct 19, 2001
    Latrobe PA
    Driving cross state on the turnpike to buy a cab off of a fellow tb'er, I discovered my Dodge intrepid's governer turns on at 110. Needless to say, I drove 105 the whole way. :D

    Hmmm, odd thing is, the speedometer goes to 125 IIRC, but the shutoff is 110. :confused: