So I was at the LA Auto Show, and was invited by the fine people at Bugatti to be part of a select group of people to test drive the incredible Veyron. The guy on the left is a real race car driver, unlike yours truly. They paid him to take me on the first half of the drive, then I got to drive for the second half of the ride.
This is where we pulled over and I took the wheel. I've owned and driven a lot of high-performance cars, and this guy could see I was not a complete nut job. So I was the only driver during the 4 days the car was in Los Angeles that was allowed to use "launch control."
Launch Control is where you can plant 1001 horsepower and drop the electronic clutch suddenly, and literally be launched from a dead stop. There is a "sequence" to the process, and I was so shook up that I was allowed to do it, I did not push down on the brake completely. So I broke the car... I think. OOPS! Oh well, it's only a $1.8 million dollar car...
I didn't actually break it, but the car went into a sort of "Safe mode," but not before getting up to about 160 mph in a two block area. I wasn't paying that much attention, but we must've been doing at least that.
So for you guys in Europe who think you're the only ones who get to drive fast because of the Autobahn, think again!