What is the Scariest Car You’ve Ever Driven?
Photography by Rémi Dargegen and Yoav Gilad
Over the last few years there has been a big fuss about cars that try to kill you. Typically, they pack lots of horsepower into a razor sharp package like the Lancia Stratos, which was designed with a short wheelbase so that it could pivot easily over rally courses. According to Phil Toledano, who owns one, “I live in terror when I drive it,” due to horror stories related to its twitchy nature. The Stratos Stradale didn’t make close to 300hp, but it was extremely light. As output climbed through the ’80s and ’90s, and tires became wider and wider, supercars’ limits climbed and so too did the risk of disaster.
But this phenomenon knows no geographic boundaries–turbocharged Porsches are notorious for swapping ends. 1960s American muscle cars with big-block V8s up front and rear-wheel drive are notorious for poor road-holding ability. The scariest car I’ve ever driven is pictured below, a 1996 Dodge Viper GTS. Its limits are so beyond my own, and safety nets (ABS, traction, or stability control) absent, that the couple of times I’ve approached them I have been properly terrified at the resultant spin or slide. Not only are both cars nervous and unforgiving, but vision out of the Stratos or Viper is less than stellar. So with Halloween coming up this Friday, we’d like to know: What is the scariest car you’ve ever driven?