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What is a driver’s car?

June 19th, 2015 by rnn.yqe.

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When car enthusiasts get together you’ll often hear them talk about “driver’s cars”, but what exactly does this mean? What’s the difference between a driver’s car and just a car?

You might think that in order to qualify for the driver’s car title a vehicle would need to be fast, a sports car like a Ferrari or Porsche perhaps? But that’s not necessarily the case, if you enjoy driving you can have fun in just about anything, speed is only a part of the equation. It’s also about the type of driving you do, a Ferrari with its size and limited view out may not be much fun to drive in the city, for example, but a Mini or Fiat 500 can be.

Whether a car is a driver’s car is all about whether you get pleasure from the driving experience. What’s key to this is how the car feels from behind the wheel and how it behaves in a range of situations.

A number of things contribute to driving pleasure, the car needs to have good steering response and feedback, it needs to ride well without being too hard or soft, and it must feel balanced when cornering. Of course all of these things are a bit subjective and may be down to personal taste.

Other factors play a part too, how the car responds when you accelerate, how positive the gear change is, and how well the seats hold you in place and contribute to “seat-of-the-pants” feel. Even what the car sounds like can make a difference, that doesn’t mean it has to be noisy, it’s more about the quality of sound from the engine and exhaust as you go through the gears.

There’s no standard formula that defines a driver’s car. A small city runabout can qualify just as well as an expensive sports car if the combination of factors is right. What matters is how the overall package makes you feel. If it makes you want to take the long way home, if it tempts you to go out for a drive just for the fun of it, then it’s a driver’s car.