It's a shame, but idiots like this create the impression that high performance cars are a danger to society and should be banned.
At a speed of 198 mph, there is no margin for error. He could have easily lost control and killed both himself and his passenger. Also, what if he encountered another car on the road?
This reminds me of an incident that happened to my son's father and mother-in-law. They were driving home from Philadelphia International Airport at 1:00 AM when they encountered two "ricers" street racing. One hit their SUV on the side and flipped it. Luckily, they escaped with minor injuries but it could have been much worse. The ricer that hit them crashed into the concrete medial barrier and was killed. The other driver tested positive for marijuana.
The tough part is still coming.
It's not even THAT BAD yet.
Someone wrote the commentary a few years ago when the Hell Cats first hit the streets. I wanted to call it non-sense.......but it really did have a logic to it that is hard to deny.
In late 2014 or early 2015 a new Hell Cat sets you back full MSRP......a pretty tidy sun for a car that is really just a $40,000 every mans car with a 50-70% mark up for a crazy high HP engine.
The author went on to speculate that "kids" and irresponsible owners would not be at all common in those first couple of years. More typical would be the older buyer who wants to have the bragging rights and a worthy car show piece that will always be a contender for most power when he pulls in. He might take his prize to the drag strip or even do some overly enthusiastic use on a deserted two lane black top.....but he's older, established and not dumb enough to forget the consequences of a foolish display of power and how much that could screw with his "nice life" he's built.
Trouble is on the horizon the writer suggested though.
What happens when as Detroit and all car makers do what they do?
At some point the new cars will be calling again........when those original buyers start unloading their expensive new Hell Cats for what-ever new shiny thing catches their eye.......these cars will go for prices that are far more within reach of the buyer who is younger and far less likely to treat the car with the respect for it's potential to go "0- jail" in mere seconds.
I don't know what year the car this "kid" was driving is.........but regardless......this story looks like a pretty good example of how this works and what is coming as those original Hell Cats are now within reach of virtually anyone with a job and ability to get a used car loan.
I'm thinking we'll be seeing more stories like this over time.........since 2010 the number of cars with more 400HP has just exploded. The Hell Cat may be one of the more extreme examples but really.......how many kids do you know that can show the correct level of restraint and responsibility on the street when driving a RWD car that torch it's tires and skate all over the street at will?