Is it better to drive a slow car fast, or a fast car slow?
So the adage goes, it's 'better to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow'. I'm curious to see just how true this really is.
Let me offer you two options:
- Option 1
I'm giving you a Maserati GranTurismo MC. For free. Boom. In your driveway. Keys are in the ignition. But there's one caveat -- you can only use it to commute to work. Otherwise, the engine won't turn over. And your commute to work mostly involves sitting bumper-to-bumper in the freeway, with periodic bursts of ordinary highway driving. No real room to stetch its legs.
- Option 2
I'm giving you a 1988 Ford Festiva L. 63 roaring horses under that hood, just waiting to get unleashed, buddy. You can also only use it to commute to work. The difference is, your commute to work is on the old Nürburgring, and you're free to absolutely drive the wheels off the thing however you see fit. It's 14 miles of free and open track.
You only get one. Also, the car disappears out of your driveway after a year, so the difference in value isn't a factor. Which do you take, the Maserati puttering in rush hour, or the Ford Festiva on the Nürburging?