Actually, what is amazing is that someone would admit to this sort of idiocy
in public.... First, the car is built to be driven in a manner that is both
within the laws of the land and demonstrates mature and responsible
thinking. A car is a lot like a gun.... if you use it correctly it's going
to be OK... but the minute you take your brain out of gear - anything can
You took your brain out of gear and when you discovered that this wasn't a
real bright thing to do, you try to transfer your idiocy on to the
manufacturer of the vehicle...
Your folks must be proud....
With only 88 hp, I wanted to see how fast it would go. (Like who
doesn't do this?) About 3:00 am. Early summer in New England.
No wind to speak of. Long empty stretch of freeway with a _very
downward pitch. Was impressed with the relatively short time
it took to hit 80 mph. Was _very_
surprised that it actually reached
Road now dead level. Very gradual left-hand curve (but still
almost straight). Stayed on the gas to see where it would max out.
SCARED THE HELL OUT OF MYSELF when, at 93 mph (speedo reading), the
front end (or whole car?) LIFTED OFF THE GROUND, and I had NO STEERING
Happened so fast that I only had time to get off the gas.
"Drifted" (or was airborne?) for less than a second - but went from
the center lane to the right-hand shoulder before front wheels "touched
down" again. Coulda been toast. Regained my steering just in time
to avoid becoming part of the guard rail.
Ford had to know this after testing the prototype. They replaced
the "exploding gas tank" Pinto with a design (at least on the '95's)
that's even potentially _more_
dangerous. But I have never been able
to find any bulletins or warnings or cautions from them about "Do not
exceed 90 mph in the '95 Tracer/Escort".
This kind of thing ever happen to anyone else? In any kind of car?
And what did you do about the pants you had on at the time?
Jeff Gagnon, Test Pilot
Tracer Escort Air Force (ret.)