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Old 28th September 2005, 09:10   #1
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Autocar Britain's Best Drivers Car 2005

I haven't read the test myself but I have rankings and laptimes. M5 did a good job for being a heavy 4-door-saloon car.

Here are then rankings (plus score out of 100 - 50/50 road & track):

1st: Porsche 911 Carrera S = 89 (44/45)
2nd: Noble M400 = 84 (40/44)
3rd: Ford GT = 80 (39/41)
4th: Ferrari 430 = 79 (40/39)
5th: Aston Martin V8 Vantage = 78 (40/38)
6th: Nissan Nismo 350Z = 76 (37/39)
7th: BMW M5 = 76 (39/37)
8th: Porsche Boxster S = 75 (40/35)
9th Lotus Exige 240R = 72 (33/39)
10th: Mitsubishi EVO IX = 71 (36/35)
11th Renault Clio Trophy = 70 36/34)
12th: VW Golf Gti = 69 (38/31)
13th: BMW 330i = 66 (36/30)
14th: Nissan 350Z convertible = 65 (33/32)
15th: Ford Fiesta ST = 64 (29/35)
16th: Mercedes CLS 55 AMG = 60 (31/29)
17th: Chevrolet Corvette C6 = 56 (29/27)
18th: VX Astra VXR = 48 (26/22)
19th: Morgan Aero 8 Mk2 = 35 (10/25)

Dry/Wet Lap times/Peak lateral G (Rockingham)

1st: Porsche 911 Carrera S = 81.4secs/94.7secs/1.05

2nd: Noble M400 = 76.6secs/98.0secs/1.22
3rd: Ford GT = 80.7secs/93.6secs/1.04
4th: Ferrari 430 = 81.1secs/101.5secs/na
5th: Aston Martin V8 Vantage = 84.4secs/100.0secs/1.00
6th: Nissan Nismo 350Z = 84.7secs/102.5/1.02
7th: BMW M5 = 84.4secs/98.3secs/0.98
8th: Porsche Boxster S = 82.7secs/99.1secs/1.09
9th Lotus Exige 240R = 81.8secs/94.7secs/1.07
10th: Mitsubishi EVO IX = 82.5secs/98.4secs/1.01
11th Renault Clio Trophy = 87.0secs/101.2secs/0.95
12th: VW Golf Gti = 88.8secs/103.8secs/0.93
13th: BMW 330i = 88.1secs/106.5secs/0.95
14th: Nissan 350Z convertible = 85.9secs/103.9secs/1.00
15th: Ford Fiesta ST = 89.1secs/105.0secs/0.97
16th: Mercedes CLS 55 AMG = 86.4secs/98.9secs/0.93secs
17th: Chevrolet Corvette C6 = 84.0secs/94.7secs/1.02
18th: VX Astra VXR = 88.0secs/103.8secs/0.96
19th: Morgan Aero 8 Mk2 = 84.0secs/103.9secs/1.04

Also a little vid: http://www.autocar.co.uk/popups/video.asp?ar=217161
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Old 28th September 2005, 09:19   #2
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Re: Autocar Britain's Best Drivers Car 2005

Try carrying the in-laws and their luggage from the airport in a Noble M400

If they'd included such a category the M5 would have won by miles!
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Re: Autocar Britain's Best Drivers Car 2005

And it was fun watching the video. When Priaulx was asked which car was his favourite, well no surprise, he answered: "BMW M5, it's a true supercar" ... lol, I mean he works for BMW, but he's nevertheless right... though the Aston Martin V8 Vantage's engine sound was not from this planet, absolutely stunning, and the looks of the car - no discussion needed. But it's a 2-seater anyway...
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CLS 55 didnt do very well.
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Re: Autocar Britain's Best Drivers Car 2005

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Try carrying the in-laws and their luggage from the airport in a Noble M400
Makes the M400 sound even more attractive!!!
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Even the 330i creates more lateral G than the CLS 55AMG!!!!! :

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Wet Lap Time for The Beast Is Very Good
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No Caterham???
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Re: Autocar Britain's Best Drivers Car 2005

Someone please host the vid! I can't view it directly (my computer sucks).
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Good that a 330i beat a CLS55...
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