This is a great post over at Jalopnik regarding the lure of driving fast. The crux is in this bit:
The danger inherent in fast driving is different from the risk you run as you tool back and forth to work and Wal-Mart. It’s not “a car might run a light and hit me today,” or “this bridge could give way and drop me into a river.” It’s “if I screw up, I’m going to die.” One is passive, the other is active. The difference between the two is the difference between existing and living.
In a nutshell, that’s the key. That need to exert control over your own fate is primal in nature, the lingering artifact of monkey heritage in the upright ape’s mind.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I think I will post this, leave my office, climb into an Audi Allroad, …and speed.