There’s no question that driving a supercar does require some special skill, at least you have to fully understand your vehicle. We mean, know what you’re driving; it’s unlike any ordinary car in terms of performance. With that big power and agility under your control, there’s much you can achieve. But at the same time, a lot of things could happen too, both to you and your car, in seconds. As you cash the power in with your right foot, things will accelerate so quickly. So if you’re not careful with the throttle, you could run into a big trouble before you even realize it.
A good example is this incident, where someone tries to speed up his exotic Ferrari 458 on the wet. As things go wrong so fast, he loses control of his car. The 458 isn’t exactly a tame machine. In fact, its mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout makes it quite a challenging car to control, especially in wet conditions. Of course there are electronics designed to keep everything under control and make driving easier, but the driver’s role in being careful remains a major factor in safety.
It’s actually not difficult to change lanes when it’s raining. But if you’re in a rear-wheel drive Italian ‘Prancing Horse’, you need to throttle in a wiser manner; since your car could respond wildly if you give a sudden, aggressive input when driving on the slippy surface. So you’ll want to be more patient, wait until your vehicle isn’t bothering the other motorists around you and then shift lanes gently without accelerating. Only after that you can push the throttle a little bit. But again, remember to be gentle with it.
Now you may be wondering why the Ferrari 458 Italia can be such an over responsive vehicle in the wet. That’s because the car weighs just 3,042 lbs or 1,380 kg, which is relatively light to move considering that it packs a 4.5-liter V8 engine churning out 562 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque. That amount of power is enough to send the 458 from a standstill to 62 mph in just 3.4 seconds, before maxing out at 202 mph. All this can happen under one condition, that is when your tires can properly grip the road.