Speed

Posted by laura on Apr 20 2009 | Awesome

As I’ve mentioned before, Hot Wheels is pretty consumed with cars. He has nested obsessions, though, so within the greater theme of cars he has questions and stories that can last for weeks at a time. One recent sub-obsession was, “Is a Porche ever faster than a Ferrari?” No matter what we said, he’d come back to that same question time and again. We’re talking weeks of rumination here. Finally, the morning we drove to the airport to pick up our friend Ellen, something remarkable happened. We had just gotten on route 280 when Tom said, “SIMON! Guys! You Won’t Believe This!! Look to the left!”

It was like a textbook illustration – a Ferrari passed us, closely followed by – you guessed it – a Porche. Simon started to go bezonkers, and just as he was declaring the question answered for all time… the Ferrari joined our lane, and the Porche PASSED IT. It is difficult to describe the jaw-dropping significance of this moment to anyone who doesn’t live with our son. And Tom and I gaped as we saw a tidy resolution to an incessant conflict obliterated before our eyes. It was pretty spectacular.

Next up in the query queue was this; “What is the fastest car in the world?” Hot Wheels and I googled it the other day and it looks like it might be an SSC Ultimate Aero, although I didn’t do an exhaustive search, so don’t quote me on that. The great thing was that in our hunting around we found an awesome Top Gear video of the Bugatti Veyron that I think I’ve now watched about fifty two times. If you have a few moments and you like cars, it’s really cool.

That makes fifty three for me!

3 comments for now

3 Responses to “Speed”

  1. I saw the bit the post about the SSC Ultimate Aero and I was about to say, but wouldn’t you rather a Veyron… until I read the next line. Oh man, who wants a Ferrari when you could have a 2M Veyron with it’s sweet sweet air brake :D

    … wait a second, I’m a coder.. I’m not meant to like cars ;) (I drive a pretty old red Ford Laser :P ).

    20 Apr 2009 at 9:35 pm

  2. Ooooo, apparently you can get Veyron’s for only 850k now… even more affordable ;)

    20 Apr 2009 at 9:41 pm

  3. laura

    James, here’s a thought – why not tell Henry that to make things simpler you’ll just take a Veyron for Christmas bonus this year? I bet he’d appreciate that; no more messy calculations and such.

    Wasn’t that a sweet video? I loved it when they showed the spoiler retracting and the car hunkering down… and when May described the car’s reaction when he applied the break at top speeds…. wait a second, I’m a girl.. I’m not meant to like cars either!

    21 Apr 2009 at 12:45 pm

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