When we talk about cars we usually talk about the fastest cars we run in a Drag race, we talk about legendary cars that break speed records, charismatic cars that make everyone turn their heads to look at it… in the pursuit of the records and above all to do a good job its obligatory to make mistakes in order to gather some experience… for your enjoyment here I will leave a small selection of cars that although charismatic and fast… they were deadly traps on wheels that rejected their drivers almost as if they were possessed by the devil himself.

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On my father`s era when it came to fast cars the Renault 5 turbo was quite a popular option when it came to fast cars, in the 80s the turbo had done nothing but appear in the market of street cars to leave from the world of competition (not to mention that the first turbocharged engines were terribly unreliable and broke down only 100 meters after leaving the garage)

The Renault 5 turbo was rear-wheel drive car that packed a rear mounted engine, it had air intakes on the sides in the rear that allowed cooling down the small 4-cylinder turbo engine and on the rear there was also air vents that allowed expelling the hot air

One of the advantages of That engine distribution was that it benefited in the aspect of the exits of the corners since the weight of the engine pressed its weight on the rear wheels helping to grip, it also helped to take off like a lighting from stoplights and take corners at incredible speeds, and given it was extremely lightweight It was an incredibly agile car, all this combination of factors allowed the Renault 5 turbo to reach 100 kilometers per hour in just 7.2 seconds from a standstill a pretty fast time on that era.

but not everything was wine and roses for the 5 Turbo, despite these incredible benefits it was an extremely small car inside and the space in the trunk was comparable to a small decorative vault in a living room, it was just a weekend car or to roll it for the track days only.

The Renault 5 also had other deadly features the first is that it didn`t have electronic aids ESP, ABS, TCS it didn`t had no power-steering or airbags, the only thing that stopped you in case of an accident was a hard steering wheel since the 2-point seatbelt was pretty much useless in holding your body in case of a crash.

The most deadly feature of the Renault 5 turbo was not only the lack of electronic driving aids or the bad safety systems, the Renault 5 suffered from turbo lag when the car was in the middle of the corner when the driver was pushing the throttle a bit and Turning the steering wheel slightly, the turbo would suddenly act brutally without any restraint causing the 280 horses of that small 4-cylinder turbo engine to jump to life causing sudden drifts that usually ended in tragedy, the only way to combat this was to make a heel and toe the proper way or just don`t accelerate during corners, apparently this worked pretty well… And if a terrible turbo lag together with a lack of electronic aids was not deadly enough the car had a relatively weak chassis that in case of a brutal accident it left the driver unprotected in case of side collision or rollover… I can hardly believe that even this car reached the market.

A few years later on the 2000s Renault brought to the market a car similar to the Renault 5 turbo, the Renault Clio V6 which packed 2 more cylinders on a V layout engine packing it on the rear but this time it was considerably a safer car since It had every known safety measure.

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The RUF CTR “Yellowbird” is another death trap to have in consideration when we talk about deadly cars, the RUF CTR is built on the base of the Porsche 911, it featured an enlarged and brutally tuned version of Porsche’s 3.2 liter flat-six cylinder engine (air cooled) featuring lightened body panels with an integrated roll cage that helped on adding chassis stiffness and increased passenger safety with an upgraded suspension system along the brakes with, a custom-designed transmission, and of course several unique trim pieces such as polyurethane bumpers.

the Yellowbird was given an special emphasis on aerodynamic improvements to help move the Yellowbird forward with its stiffened body, it packed 935 Porsche styled mirrors, despite that huge wing on the rear and its special attention to weight distribution and aerodynamics along horsepower the RUF CTR “Yellowbird” was a extremely deadly car, not only it weighed 1.150kg, it also packed 470 horsepower under the hood, this combination of being lightweight along the rear mounted engine helping on corners and straight lines with an extremely big amount of power under the hood propelled the Yellowbird to 100kph in only 3.5 seconds and was perfectly capable of reaching 340 kilometers per hour and turning corners like a demon… the CTR was considerably faster than many other cars on that era.

The deadly thing about this car was the excessive horsepower for its light weight, despite being perfectly balanced in the aspect of weight and being a literal bullet in the corners leaving manufacturers like Porsche or Ferrari practically on diapers, The RUF CTR “Yellowbird” was also an incredibly stubborn car and hated to go tied from the leash of an inexperienced driver, when you least expected it the rear part of the Yellowbird roared to life and you were going sideways fighting to don`t spin out and die crashing against a tree, did I mention it didn’t even have ABS..TCS…etc?

Unfortunately RUF has revived the mythic Yellowbird, with more power and more torque on the same 6 cylinder atmospheric engine… will it be as deadly? or it will be a high horsepower tame beast everyone can drive? So far I know only 30 of those are being made.

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The Toyota MR2 as the Yellowbird or the Renault 5 turbo it has a tendency to kill it`s inexperienced drivers, it has a mid-ship layout along a rear wheel drive drivetrain, built on the land of the Rising sun it was first Mid-ship engine car built in Japan. it was conceived as a small and economical sports car that equipped Macpherson strut front and rear suspension now present on all modern cars.

it packed a transversally mounted 4 cylinder engine 2.0 L 3S-GTE turbo and weighed 1.170kg… but unlike the brutal yellowbird the MR2 SW20 packed only 221 horsepower and didn`t pack brutal torque under the hood making it gentle when it came to accelerating in a straight line and do gentle city driving however what made the MR2 a death trap for its drivers it was it`s accessibility for all drivers and it`s tendency to do sudden lift-off over steer (most likely by the relatively short wheelbase and the mid-ship layout) making you spin out like a record even if you were only going at 40kph in a roundabout and only because you lifted a bit the throttle.

However the Toyota Mr2 SW20 was considerably more forgiving to its drivers compared to the other 2 cars above since it packed ABS along power steering and airbags, something it`s driver should be thankful for if the sudden lift-off over steer didn`t kill him/her first.

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The TVR Cerbera Speed 12, originally known as the 7/12 project, it was an extremely high performance concept vehicle designed by TVR Autos back in 1997. Based in on the older Cerbera the Speed 12 was a car destined to become a brutal speed machine as the Yellowbird but the Speed 12 wasn`t originally intended for speed but rather to compete on the 24 hours of Le Mans and to compete in the FIA GT Championship, however last minute regulation changes on the competitions rendered it obsolete versus the advanced competitors from the big manufacturers that had way more budget. So TVR looked to get another use for the beast they had thought about.

Powered by a 7.7 liter V12 engine made by combining two Inline 6cyl engines from the original TVR Cerbera (with the rumor of it being able to easily hit 1.000hp and enough torque to twist the world like a wet rag) and weighing only 1.000 Kilograms the Speed 12 could hit 100kph in just… 3 seconds!

The idea of a brutal car for road use was apparently well accepted on the TVR dept and then TVR got hands in work and started designing the full fat engine for the road which would get almost 811… Considerably more powerful than the GT1 competition variant which only had 675 horses under the hood.

TVR started to make deposits for the car and set a price for the speed 12, it would be worth 245k£ making it become one of the most expensive and extreme TVR ever to be produced, the Idea on paper so far looked good, extreme amounts of horsepower and little weight on a long wheelbase, v12 engine all it needed so far was a little test to get to know how the experiment would work on the road it would go on.

TVR had built a single Speed 12 prototype for road testing and an experienced driver (Peter Wheeler which was also the owner of TVR as well) took the Cerbera speed 12 into the roads for a quick spin and then returned the next day with an expression of terror etched on his face, the Speed 12 wasn`t only excessively powerful for the public roads, it was also extremely deadly since it had no driver aids making it into a death trap for the average driver that could afford it.

Having seen how even an experienced driver was scared of what the Cerbera Speed 12 was capable of TVR cancelled all orders of the speed 12 and gave back their deposits for the customer`s safety

This however meant the Speed 12 would never take off; the remaining road prototypes of the Cerbera speed 12 built so far were used as spare part donors for the remaining GT2 racers and British Gran Turismo racing competition, quite a sad end for them I must say.

But at least one of these devils on wheels was spared from the spare-pocalypse, in 2003 a single TVR Cerbera speed 12 was resurrected using a Gran Turismo shell and was sold to an enthusiast which Peter Wheeler himself gave the green light since he saw it was a suitable owner for such a deadly machine but one thing is known… it`s likely the last one of its kind.

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When I think of American death traps I don`t think of the classic AMC Gremlin or the Ford pinto jokes, I prefer to think of a car made of pure horsepower as a Dodge Viper from the 90s… a car that surely deserves the title of “car that wants to kill you”

The Dodge Viper is surely one mythic beast when it comes to speak of Muscle cars and horsepower, It’s a certainly terrifying car not only it’s a V10 with 450 horses under the hood that packs big amounts of torque that could easily twist your arm as the twisted sweets kids eat to pass time, it has no ABS brakes or even a simple Stability control system, Ironically it packs airbags with power windows and a keyless entry system Dodge surely has its priorities right when it comes to cars…

When we look at a dodge viper it doesn’t matter which generation we look at, we will always see that extremely long front that houses the extremely powerful Dodge V10 engine and the short rear which looks like a hot wheels ramp for the kids to play with their toys

Apart from the lack of driving Aids I won`t say that the Viper is extremely dangerous because it has no driving Aids at all, What makes the Viper a certainly dangerous car is when it comes to step on the accelerator, normally a Traction control would keep the car`s torque under control and keep the car from spinning the wheels but in the viper since there`s no Traction control as soon you slightly press gently on the Pedal the V10 engine roars to life uncontrollably while the rear wheels spin like a wild twister, you feel the rear fishtailing slightly and before you notice you see your expensive V10 sports car facing a telephone pole seconds before disaster.

If it comes to driving on wet conditions the Viper becomes even more dangerous, you practically have to bust a hole on your gas shoe and press the pedal with your feet fingers to be able to gently accelerate without letting the V10 engine run wild, it is also advisable to keep the wheel straight at all times, if not you’re likely to experience a spin out so if you own a viper and you`re reading this… I recommend you to rather get a taxi to get places if there`s rain and the road is wet.

When it comes to High speed turns the viper initially obeys you but then the rear end goes the opposite way and you spin out…this happens mostly by the relatively bad weight distribution from the front/rear on the Viper since the front is considerably heavier than the rear.

The Viper may be an ungovernable car unless you really use a feather to step on the throttle… but I like how the Viper refuses to go in a straight line and obey it`s driver, it’s a car that certainly got charm when it comes to character.

Did I mention Dodge considered it so dangerous it attempted to destroy all of them?

Which other cars are considered Death traps on your country? Have you driven one of these deadly cars? Let me know on the comments below and remember to hit that bump button if you enjoyed this blog post!


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