Drive a Sports Car – It’s Good for Your Health
Few things compare to the thrill of driving a sports car. You shouldn’t need any data to back that statement up, but you got it. Ford, taking a break from precipitating the electric revolution, recently studied how driving a fast car delivers “‘buzz moments’ – peak thrills that play a vital role in our overall wellness.” Then, they compared the data to some other exciting activities like riding a roller coaster, shopping,1 watching football,2 salsa dancing,3 and even watching Game of Thrones. As you might expect, driving a fast car delivered the most “buzz moments.”
With the results duly recorded, the roller coaster was the clear winner, accounting for 3 “buzz moments” (I’m leaving the square quotes on because I revile the phrase) with driving a sports car a close second at 2.1.4 However, commuting to more convenient than finding a compelling rollercoaster, so you could argue getting a sports car is the most pragmatic way to add some excitement to your life. The only real question is which sports car you should get.
The Ford Mustang is the best-selling sports car in the world – for a good reason. For over 50 years, the Mustang has been delivering the maximum amount of horsepower and aggressive styling permissible under the law. More importantly, it’s been offering this cocktail within the budgetary restraints of the “pony car” class.
Even the base model Mustang has a standard 2.3L, 310-hp, EcoBoost engine. It’s paired with a refined six-speed manual transmission and an independent rear suspension that make the driver feel more engaged in driving than ever before. When you add the refined cockpit, Track Apps, digital dashboard, and more, you quickly understand how a sports car can get the pulse pounding.
Of course, you’d be remiss not to consider the indomitable hot hatch. The Focus ST is different flavour of wild – more Tokyo Drift than American Muscle. But it’s genuine thrills cannot be disregarded. Powered by a 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 engine, the Focus ST delivers 160 horsepower and 146 lb.-ft. of torque. An aggressive exterior design is completed by standard 18” Rado Grey painted aluminum wheels. On the inside, you get full-leather RECARO front bucket seats. Fortunately, its bolsters are strong enough to keep you locked in when you throw the brazen hatch through a tight corner.
I should note that Ford’s experiments weren’t a total lark or a misappropriation of public science funding: “Ford experts are investigating how in-car systems may one day be aware of our emotions – as well as levels of stress, distraction and fatigue – providing prompts and warnings, and could even take control of the car in emergency situations.” If the key to happiness and mental wellness is that everyone drives a sports car, everyone’s a winner.
1 Patently boring.
2 No surprise there: NFL broadcasts literally feature 11 minutes of action and 60 minutes of commercials.
3 Come on.
4 You could get more “buzz moments” from your car if you drove it off a cliff.