I remember seeing that Ringmini when I was riding along with my brother. It passed us like we were standing still lol.
there was a whole thread on it awhile back, the entire story even.
bunch of guys from UK decided to do the "lifelong dream" drive cross country and drive the ring, they documented the whole thing, its a pretty decent read, hopefully someone with better memory/logging skills can pull that out of the history books and repost it here.
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The only knock I've ever heard against SRT-4s at the track is that they tend to eat drive axles. Well, when I say eat, I mean eject them from the transmission at speed.
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On the note of handling: I remember reading somewhere that a famous autoX driver took an SRT-4 (can't remember if it was the 1st gen or 2nd one with LSD) on a course and absolutely hated it/had a horrible time. I mean, if one of the best autoX drivers in the world can't make a given car run a great time, then I'm not sure the handling is "amazing". Sure, stiffer suspension, thicker swaybars, and LSD help, but I'm not convinced that back 7 years ago Dodge paid all too much attention to properly tuning the suspension of the SRT-4 as they did the engine and turbo setup for drag racing.
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And on the topic of crashing at the 'ring, when I play my Forza 3 on the 'ring I can't make it through the race without going off road once or needing to hit the back button (even when not even trying to go fast). If I can't even do a complete lap without messing up on a video game, I don't expect to do the same IRL. Funny to see others attempt and fail though.
P.S. I don't care either way about the SRT-4. Never driven one. Not a mopar fan. But your points are generally invalid and that bugs me more. So yeah. One driver disliking a car does not mean it is completely incapable of this mystical thing called 'handling'.