Date registered: Nov 2009
Vehicle: 2001 S55 AMG
Location: Westchester New York
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Driving a car hard - what do you think of it?
It's funny how the Mercedes AMG cars really do have a double persona - luxury clothed transportation, which can turn into a wild animal at a pedal's press.
This same "Double-sided" idea translates into another area for me too - and that is in how I drive the car. On one hand, I want to baby it, clean it, make sure it's always got what it needs before it needs it. For reference I have an S55 AMG.
And on the same token...it's nice to drive it like you stole it. You know, within the legal limits or on a track of course - things as simple as stop light accelerations, and things of that nature which keep the throttle on full alert and engaged.
Now, I'd like to hear your opinions on the cons and pros of spirited driving as it pertains to the car's mechanics. Obviously, driving something with more "oomph" should always be done cautiously as reckless driving can increase the chance of an accident or police coming after you.
Does it have any positive affect on the car's engine? Someone once told me less carbon is emitted if it is driving a bit more spirited, but what else is benefited by this?
The cons - mechanically things wear out faster. Things like tires, brakes, motor mounts, ball joints, and other items obviously will have to be replaced faster if a car is driven aggressively.
On a related note - are there any tracks on the NY tri-state area that you can go to, and use the track more leisurely? (i.e go around as much as you'd like without time limits, just to practice driving in a safer environment.)