1. Dodge Viper
Dodge Viper had a 400hp V10 engine, it seems powerful at the first glance, but in fact, it doesn’t have traction control or anti-lock brakes. This means that the car is very difficult to control, being careless for a second and you can give it too much throttle and end up crashing into the sideways trees, then the side-mounted exhaust creates a burning barrier that prevents you from getting out the car.
Treat this Viper how you treat a real viper: stay away from it
By 2008, Dodge decided to give Viper more power with the 600 hp engine, but they insisted on keeping the obsolete stability control, despite the fact the technology was already widely used back then.
2. Reliant Robin
The 3-wheel Reliant Robin was widely used outside of America, mainly because it’s considered a motorcycle by the authorities, therefore no driver’s license is required and lower tax. Turning at a speed slightly higher than a pedestrian will ensure the vehicle to fall on the side. In fact, this is so often that Reliant seriously reinforced the sides of the vehicle to prolong its poor life. After all, Reliant is not so reliable.
Turning at a speed slightly higher than a pedestrian will ensure the vehicle to fall on the side
3. Original Porsche 911
Engine at the back of the car is usually not a good idea, because if the front wheels try to turn but the rear wheel still going straight, it will behave strangely and gives the driver the losing control feeling. Porsche was going around trying the solve the problem, but not until 1994 could they give the drivers back their control. Despite the improvement, only the most reckless drivers would accept the car, after that the electronic stability control was introduced and the car could start to find its place in the market.
Engine at the back of the car is usually not a good idea
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4. Volkswagen Beetle
Apart from the fact that the handling is terrible, the Beetle has another problem: the seats bend backward if the car is crashed from behind, inattentive passenger without his/her belt fastened can be thrown out of the car through the rear window.
The beetles might not be so cute after all
5. Shelby 427 Cobra
The Cobra began with a 6-cylinder engine. Then, Ford and Carroll Shelby installed an enormous 425hp V8 engine, similar to the Super Snake, one of which was sold to Carroll’s friend, Bill Cosby. Although Cosby was known for his passion with sports cars, he couldn’t cope with the terrible control of the car and returned it right after the test drive. The next owner of the car was a bit more tragic, he lost control and drive himself off the cliff and died.
One of the Shelby 427 Cobra's owner lost control drive himself off the cliff and died
6. Renault Dauphin
Dauphine, which was introduced in the 1950s in the US with an impressing acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in 30 seconds, actually has its engine installed at the back of the car. Along with that, it has a swing-axle suspension that guarantees an undesirable spin every time it turns. In Spain, it is so deadly that people called it “Widowmaker”. And as if the car wasn’t dangerous enough, the designer gave it a super thin sheet metal that can’t even prevent itself from rusting rapidly.
Renault Dauphin has a swing-axle suspension that guarantees an undesirable spin every time it turns
7. Suzuki Samurai 1988
This mini 4x4 model from Suzuki car marque flips more than any other model, to the extent that there is a joke going like: "Have you seen the new Samurai? The sunroof is on the floor".
Suzuki Samurai 1988 flips more than any other model