Daily Podcast: Lieberman Edition: Racecars Can't Be Daily Drivers

Justin Berkowitz
by Justin Berkowitz

Maserati has a new version of the Gran Turismo called the “Corse.” (Check it out at AutoFiends). It’s stripped out, no sound insulation, racetrack ready. Lieberman tells me it’s like a Porsche GT3 RS or an Aston Martin V8 Vantage N24. I initially thought that these cars were pretty silly. When you’re talking about that level of money, you don’t need the car to be street legal. Sure you could drive it home from the racetrack, but would you want to? I saw the episode of Top Gear when James May drives one and sweats his walnuts off. These cars are just brutal; so I figured you would stick it in a trailer and haul it home behind your Escalade. Sure, I have plenty of friends that take their personal cars to and from autocross. But that’s a different story. But I have realized the benefit for manufacturers selling cars like these. First, they are profit machines because customers pay more and get less. But more importantly, they let buyers feel closer to the racecars and the brand’s supposed sports car credentials. Think of it as buying a set of kitchen knives because Gordon Ramsey uses the same ones at home. It’s all about what your car is capable of (I mean, I don’t usually drive 155 in the U.S.). And in this case, the special racing-spec version of already expensive cars are just what the millionaire toy collecter ordered.

Justin Berkowitz
Justin Berkowitz

Immensely bored law student. I've also got 3 dogs.

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  • Prado Prado on Sep 25, 2008

    This is the direction Jeep should go.... if it's not too late already. Maybe Cerberus could sell the brand to someone like Bombardier.

  • Enderw88 Enderw88 on Sep 25, 2008

    @robstar: Yes, yes I do. In the same way a crack addict needs his next score...

  • JT JT on Sep 26, 2008

    Geez, Topdog... A lot of racecars where I play go "MiataMiataMiata..."

  • Larry P2 Larry P2 on Sep 27, 2008

    Real pistonheads have no use for soft-touch interior parts. Or, in the case of motorcycles....interiors.