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    Quote Originally Posted by fatbillybob View Post
    I always liked the Elan. I hated the MGB. I saw a documentary on the miata evolution and they said the grandfater of the miata was the MGB with many styling cues taken from the MGB. I instanly understood why I never liked the miata and that stuck with me. I don't remember if they said anything about the Elan. If that's what they were shooting for they missed.
    I think you have the two mixed up. The Elan was one of the main inspirations for the Miata, even down to the suspension tuning philosophy of long travel, soft springs and soft sway bars with minimal anti-squat/dive. The Elan heighthened the sense of weight transfer and allowed the driver to throttle steer even with barley 100whp to play with. The first gen Miata reproduced and even improved on that characteristic. I think that playfulness and responsiveness to brake and throttle inputs is what drivers really connect with on their first drive in a Miata.. "It's gutless but somehow still really fun"
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    Wow, 2 pages in and no one has posted this yet? I'm a little disappointed in you, TrackHQ


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    Quote Originally Posted by J. Tyler View Post
    Wow, 2 pages in and no one has posted this yet? I'm a little disappointed in you, TrackHQ
    Had one. Really liked it. After many hours of R&D, many $ spent testing different setups and making custom wheels for it, I got it to handle almost as good as a bone stock 90 Miata. That is not hyperbole.
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    But obviously I just dont get it. -fatbillybob

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    Drive a Caterham, it'll make your S2k feel like a Camry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackbird View Post
    Drive a Caterham, it'll make your S2k feel like a Camry.
    Ride a motorcycle, it will make your caterham feel like an SUV.
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    Quote Originally Posted by emilio700 View Post
    Ride a motorcycle, it will make your caterham feel like an SUV.
    Motorcycles are death traps. Super 7s are just slightly less death traps than motorcycles. Elans are just slightly less death traps than Super 7s. Etc. etc. etc. Trumpeting safety equipment while encouraging members to go 160 mph on a bike through WSIR Turn 8 on one knee is a bit hypocritical, eh?
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    I can't defend the Pagani from a design standard Well, one could say that okay, 70's Citroens are worse. But not by much

    But all those pieces are oh so beautiful.

    The XJ220 is a great external shape for sure. But... holy 80s parts bin, Batman! That interior. I wouldn't mind Justin Law's Transit van with the XJ220 powertrain as the ultimate sleeper (there's another thread!).

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    Re: Pagani interior. I haven't been in one nor even seen one in person but I'm pretty sure I could get used to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by emilio700 View Post
    Ride a motorcycle, it will make your caterham feel like an SUV.
    No thanks, I'll take your word on it.
    Not being sarcastic, every time I'm thinking about superbikes I can't avoid the thought how exciting it must be to ride on one, but I like my body OEM, had too many people that I know ending in wheel chairs or had permanent damage, knew a couple guys that died etc..
    My family needs me in full operational condition, and as tempting as trying bikes might be to me I stay from them like a plague.

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