Re: So So Ashamed....
My 146 Boxer could be beaten by most things on the road. It has a nice light, free revving engine so you can get a good take off, but due to it's lack of power and short gearing I'd be left for dead by the time I need to change to 2nd. However, one morning on my way home from work I managed to lose a BMW (all !!!!!!s!) 323Ci down a twisty back road. I know the road like the back of my hand so I know how much I can push the 146 through the bends. The back end did start to let go on a few corners but the BMW did disappear in my mirror! I eventually got stuck behind a van and had to stamp on the breaks. When then the BMW caught me up he sat so close to my rear bumper he may as well have been sitting next to me!
The van turned off and I accelerated, obviously I had no chance of losing him! Then we came to another corner and I just went for it, nice slide, a bit of oppostite lock to bring the back into line, a bit of tyre squeal, and OH! wheres the BMW gone?! He came storming up behind me after the corner, and had now put his lights on - ooh scary! Shortly after we came to a long straight and he disappeared into the distance in a flash, with a little wave (how polite!) Didn't bother me in the slightest cos my work was done and was still wearing a a big grin! I completely embarassed his £25k+ car with a 9 year old 146 with an 8V 1600!
That was more satisfying than any traffic light race!
The 145 cloverleaf is a very capable car, an XR3i would be in a ditch on it's roof before you even start thinking about pushing your car through the corners.