Recession? Not in Supercar Land

Ferrari FF

Much to the chagrin of certain members of my family, I’m not a fan of the Indy 500. I don’t deny the significance of the race (a riveting look at it is coming later this afternoon from jgoods) but in my simple view, racing 500 miles around an oval isn’t of much interest.

I know, though, that the race isn’t just about the race. At an average speed of 150-160 mph, it’s about what can go wrong during the race, something JR Hildebrand is painfully aware of this morning.

In the spirit of the furious weekend of speed that was the Indy 500, we thought it would be a good time to take a look back at three of the super-performing cars that have graced our presence this year. Cars that can scream to 200 mph and are capable of turning right.

It would stand to reason that the swirling toilet bowl otherwise known as the worldwide economy would have a significantly detrimental impact on the production and sale of top-notch supercars.

Lamborghini AventadorIf that’s the case, Lamborghini, Ferrari and McLaren haven’t gotten the memo. All three automakers have released machines that cost between $230K and $400K and produce between 592 and 691 horsepower. Not only that, but these insanity-filled speed machines are selling out their production runs.

The Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari FF and McLaren MP4-12C make up a trio far more interesting than any open-wheel Honda-powered Indy car. Put a smattering of these production cars on the track along with an R8 V10, a Gallardo or two and a 458 Italia and you’ve got a race that I might plant my butt on the couch to watch from beginning to end.

Which is your favorite: the Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari FF or McLaren MP4-12C?

-tgriffith

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  1. Randy
    May 30th, 2011 at 18:02 | #1

    Ferrari of course. I actually can afford a used Ferrari as long as it’s one of the cheap ones, but I’d find a tractor with a front loader a lot more useful. Besides, I’m getting to the age where even a Ferrari couldn’t help me get chicks.

  2. panayoti
    May 30th, 2011 at 12:24 | #2

    Since Joe Sixpack types aren’t even allowed in the showrooms of these vehicles, how can we have a favorite?? Much as I admire your passion for unaffordable cars, I believe your question is not tailored for your audience. Unless, of course, you’re talking about a dream but then again, you can’t smell the leather or feel your heart in your throat in a dream.

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