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The Dark Knight

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#392045 Complete And Utter Maniac!!

Posted by The Dark Knight on 30 July 2014 - 09:39 PM

Just as well the Ka driver wasn't in an ST, sounds like he would have wiped the floor with you.

 

 

? :wacko:

 

Not a question of wiping the floor, racing is out of the question on public roads. It was a bit of fun as there was a yawning gap between the cars performance wise. I certainly would not try to challenge a BMW M3 which would be just about the equivalent difference in performance of my ST over the KA.

 

Had the crazy fool been in a car of similar power, there would be no fun. I would have moved over and let him go. I once saw a guy doing similar things in his 'wipe the floor with anyone' EVO VIII. Eventually his car wiped the floor with the lamp post.




#392018 Picking Up My New St On Friday :d

Posted by The Dark Knight on 30 July 2014 - 08:16 PM

19... Passed at 17 had an old fiesta and now coming from a mk6 golf 1.4 tsi


Sent from my iPad using Ford OC

 

 

Quite an achievement to be able to afford such cars at that age and the insurance. 2 years driving experience and a car with 200bhp on overboost is not the best idea on paper. Not judging you personally but I speak from experience. I was cruising around like I owned the place when you were 8 and I had some comeuppances for underestimating matters. No bad accidents thankfully or police involvement but over egging it lets say. I have been in a bad accident as a result of a blow out and was very lucky to walk away.

 

I still use the power of the ST now (no point otherwise) but experience tells me there's a time and a place and never ever drive quickly when you cannot see around a corner, even with the ST's abilities.

 

With regard to the car, the ST is fantastic. Superb pace and cornering with epic seats and engine note. It will be very tempting for you to show the local saxo man who is boss but be careful out there.

 

Costs me £60 to fill up and does around 350 miles to a tank with a safe but heavy right foot lol. 




#391967 Complete And Utter Maniac!!

Posted by The Dark Knight on 30 July 2014 - 07:01 PM

Driving home from golf this evening along the A38, I spotted a Ford KA (old one and rather battered), joining from the slip road very quickly.

 

He tailgated the Audi A4 in front of me (my how the tables have turned) and undertook him with ease!! This was clearly a modified car because I was doing 71 lol and the Audi must have been doing about the same. The KA got back into the overtaking lane and tailgated a huge artic lorry FFS! He was so close that the lorry driver would not have seen him.

 

Later, the KA had pulled back in and dropped speed but I was a bit wary when overtaking. No problem though... at first!

 

I had driven on quite some way when he appeared and was about 4" off my bumper flashing his lights for me to move over. Once the sloth like transit van in front had moved over (approx 55 mph). I very steadily overtook the van in 5th gear and waited for the inevitable.

 

The KA dived into the inside lane to charge past me, so I could not resist flooring it in 5th. The result was a bit like when the Starship Enterprise enters warp speed and disappears from the screen lol. The KA became a speck in my mirror at 71mph naturally.

 

I backed off and exited the A38 down the slip road and into a very sharp left turn. The ST with ESP off loves this turn. The KA had appeared again and was right on my bumper at the turn. I flung the ST into the turn as I always do and could feel the car gripping and the seat bolsters holding me in.

 

The KA took the corner at the same speed with awful results. He was splatted to the drivers door window and the car went onto the wrong side of the road and nearly up the grass bank as well as facing the opposite verge. Yes this was amusing to see but just think if something had been coming. I cannot believe he wanted to take the corner at that speed in a car which is not made for it.

 

I was now in a 30 zone with housing and people walking the streets with one car in front of me when he appeared again. He tried to overtake about 50 yards from a mini roundabout!!! In a built up area!!

 

He then went a different direction thank god. It's all very well me having a bit of fun without being dangerous myself but rest assured that if I see that guy on the roads again, I would rather pull over and walk. UNBELIEVEABLE




#391527 Corsa Vxr

Posted by The Dark Knight on 29 July 2014 - 07:29 PM

Interesting. How heavy is the ST then? Around 1200kg?


#391497 Corsa Vxr

Posted by The Dark Knight on 29 July 2014 - 05:46 PM

I had the ESP in sport mode. Would that kill any torque etc?

It was a private plate but 09 year. The gap may have been bigger but I honestly couldn't tell for sure. Pretty sure it wasn't the nurburgring edition as it didn't have the logo on.

Some minor mods I think. The magazines quote the 0-60 times as being about the same.

I didn't realise the VXR was heavier. What is it's non overboost BHP?


#391352 Corsa Vxr

Posted by The Dark Knight on 29 July 2014 - 12:13 PM

Not sure but not much, maybe 1.5 or 2 seconds. Only a straight line. He was annoyed because as pointed out above, the VXR has between 10 and 20 more BHP in stock vs stock (which mine is). But the ST has 200bhp on overboost and more torque which is what sealed it.

He did concede that the ST is better anyway having read various reviews but added the VXR is old now and when Vauxhall release a new one, it will destroy the ST on all fronts

Keep dreaming lol


#391207 Corsa Vxr

Posted by The Dark Knight on 28 July 2014 - 10:35 PM

Yes we know Corsa's are awful and the ST has better seats and better everything else etc etc. But the other day at an undisclosed location on a conveniently located and deserted runway/airfield. I had a chance to take on a VXR in a drag race.

 

It was blue and de-badged. It wasn't the nurburgring edition but sounded like he had modded it with an induction kit.

 

Anyway, off the line he was with me all the way but once 4th gear arrived at some mph (I wasn't paying attention to the speedo), the ST pulled away from him. He was always there but could not close the gap.

 

Superior torque of the ST me thinks.




#383164 Big Adventure Holiday

Posted by The Dark Knight on 07 July 2014 - 04:21 PM

Oh yes! Looking forward to the day before the flight too as it will be all about the build up. Steady drive to Heathrow and stay in whatever hotel we've got and just chill out. We will probably check out Myrtle Avenue which is a haven for plane spotters apparently. Pass a bit of time watching some big planes land or take off.




#370071 Attention Members! Have One Of You Bought My Old Car?

Posted by The Dark Knight on 31 May 2014 - 11:21 PM

It's not everyday you park next to your old car but I was at Odeon Derby tonight to see X-Men Days of Future Past (very good) and spotted my old car (harsh to even label it old) so I parked next to it and took this photo. Anyone on here care to own up? lol

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#353720 St On It Way.....

Posted by The Dark Knight on 14 April 2014 - 08:11 PM

Good work. It will certainly make the Fiesta metal feel like a sloth on mogadon lol! Be sure to hit some country roads with spirited driving (safe driving though naturally). Magnificent!




#352945 Comparison Of Old St And New St

Posted by The Dark Knight on 11 April 2014 - 11:32 PM

I love the way ST owners seem to think they can pull away from all BMW's with ease. 0-60 in 6.9 seconds is the same performance on offer from most mid range BMW's. You might just get away from a BMW 118i with a 0-60 of 7.3 seconds however anything more powerful than that and the ST will be left behind... 125i 6.2 seconds.

I appreciate the ST is good value for the performance on offer however, I'm puzzled as to how all the ST owners seem to be out running all these BMW's.

I have just got my wife a new 1.25 zetec and I'm very impressed with it however, I'm sure my m135 might leave a few ST's in the rear view mirror!

 

Of course your M135i would but that's a world away from the ST. It's like a Nissan GTR owner boasting how he would leave you for dead, pointless!

 

The point being made (by me at least) is that you can drive along perfectly normally when a BMW or more likely an Audi pulls up behind and tailgates you because he is clearly 'the main man' in his rep car, 520d or 2.0TDI A4 or whatever. They forget how heavy their cars are and the ST is very light and pulls away nicely. I let them go by once I have pulled away and back to the inside lane having made my point and made them look stupid.

 

Interestingly, the majority of proper performance Beemers or Audi's that I see, are driven normally with no 'big man' attitude. I know a guy with an RS6 and he doesn't tailgate people like these reps in their oil burners.

 

The ST is really at home on twisty country roads though. Get the police to seal off some twisty roads in the North Yorkshire Moors from the public, put a pro driver in a Fez ST and one in a 5 series Beemer (even a slightly more powerful diesel say a 525d or 530d) and the Beemer would not see which way the ST went. 




#352876 Getting An St

Posted by The Dark Knight on 11 April 2014 - 06:50 PM

Enjoy! I've had my ST-2 (in red) just over a week now. Happy Days!




#350984 The Eagle Has Landed

Posted by The Dark Knight on 05 April 2014 - 10:42 AM

Went out this morning and I'd love to say I made a Peugeot idiot look stupid but he did that himself lol.

There's a hill back up to my road and it's a main road with 50 limit. I was driving slower as there was nobody around and I was changing stations on the radio.

I was doing 35 in 4th and just as I accelerated, a battered Peugeot 106 appeared with big man exhaust and charged out to overtake. I backed off at 55 admittedly and in 5th.

My plan was to let him go past and have his victory in his shed as racing is stupid but he couldn't get past LOL! The hill was too much for his bag of crap 106 and he had to pull back in as a bus was coming.

Dear oh dear...!


#350192 The Eagle Has Landed

Posted by The Dark Knight on 02 April 2014 - 10:16 PM

Cheers Phil. I certainly wouldn't do full on dangerous racing on the road but just a quick burn like that does satisfy me because I didn't exceed 70 (Ok I might have hit 71) and I see it as dealing out justice on BMW/Audi man who tailgates everyone like he's king of the road.

 

The 5 series in question was some diesel version as he eventually flew past once I had moved back to the inside lane, I noticed 520d I think but may be wrong. Perhaps he sees the eventual overtake as 'victory'. Idiot :rolleyes:

 

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#350143 The Eagle Has Landed

Posted by The Dark Knight on 02 April 2014 - 08:03 PM

Here are some pics I took at the dealership before it got mucky in the rain:

 

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Now I must hold my hands up and admit to being silly but I couldn't resist it. I joined the A38 coming home at Little Eaton and roaring up behind came a BMW 5 series to do a bit of tailgating in his big man car. I had every intention of letting him go past once I reached 70mph and I would not exceed 70mph. However, I also intended to reach 70mph rather quickly and as it turned out, a lot quicker than Mr Big Man in his BMW could manage. Brought a smile to my face and 31mpg to the fuel computer :lol: