Hikaro Takayama wrote:
Edit: About the Fast and Furious guy's death, I just hope that this at least serves as a good object lesson to the kinds of people "inspired" by his movies, not that they're likely to learn anything from this... I had to deal with a bunch of Fast & Furious wannabe ricer kids when I was working for Hirschmann... Of the four who worked there who were in the "Red Line" club of theirs, all but one had lost their licenses for driving over 100Mph on I-81 within a year...
Two sides to the coin. Paul Walker was actually a good guy, he was on his way to a charity he started for typhoons in the Phillipines. He released this
video a little while before his death. He's pretty much what started my interest in cars, tuning, and racing.. Although I do it in a more responsible way then most, you won't see me go to Autozone and buy a $30 spoiler for a honda civic. I'll research the vehicle I have, find out what does what, and go from there... That's why my car has stainless steel shorty headers (for torque), one step colder spark plugs (fights supercharger knock retard), a smaller supercharger pulley (Spins up supercharger faster, more boost, only safe to do so after you do supporting mods like the plugs), a tuned PCM that adjusted all of my automatic transmissions shift points raising it from 5,500rpm to 6,000rpm and shifts more aggressively at full throttle, a colder thermostat that helps keep the engine cooler, an exhaust utilizing straight through mufflers for more exhaust flow. Also, not everyone who was inspired by him is an idiot ricer who tries to race everything at every stoplight. A lot of us are responsible, only racing where no one but ourselves are going to possibly get hurt. Whenever I want to race someone I convince them to follow me to an open road where there's almost any traffic, and we have one of my buddies go up the road aways and stay on call so they can warn us if any traffic is coming.
Paul Walker wasn't even the one driving the vehicle, and even then the Porsche Carerra they were in is a super hard to handle car. Even the Stig from Top Gear had a hard time controlling it. That said, the driver probably shouldn't have been going as fast as he was around the corner, I'm not saying it's completely the cars fault.