In Reply to: Re: Ekkehart was right (on top speed issue) posted by Ekkehart Rackete, Bochum Germany on October 11, 2001 at 01:17:03:
We only make Porche Boxter and Saab Cabriolets; cars designed in Germany and Sweden...
About the "better drivers" issue: When most of the roads are curvy, bumpy, full of hills and occasional animals to avoid hitting, many small roads are really twisty (old cow paths originally) sand/dirt/mud/gravel roads like the kind you see in the Thousand Lakes Rally and even the main roads aren't exactly straight or level, one certainly does gain a certain advantage in handling cars. Especially since usually there are a lot of trees you'll hit if you slip off the road.
The long and icy winter naturally adds to that: if you spend average 3-4 months per year sliding on ice, snow, sleet and some deadly combinations of all of the aforementioned - on difficult roads I might add - you really get the hang of how your car will respond to different situations in driving.
It's too bad that driving on ice tracks ploughed on lakes has been made illegal (environmental issues from days before cats) because that really was a cheap effective way to teach people to handle their cars in extreme situations.
Now going more than double the speed limit at night in a moose warning zone has got nothing to do with being a good driver, it's got a lot to do with being totally insane (guilty as charged).
I've got too much to live for to try a stunt like that again.
20,000-60,000km annually for the past 10 years and a whole bunch of go-kart & toy car, seriously tuned moped, A1 motorbike and licenceless car driving before that