Day 11 – 8/14/10

I’ve been here at Steve and Kaydee’s house for a couple of days spending time with them and of course, getting to know Alida.

This morning, it was time to go drive the Lamborghini in Irvine, Ca.  We got there around 10:00 and signed in.  After that, there was a brief meeting where they gave us some information regarding the various cars and some basic driving instructions related to speed, braking, and how to properly negotiate corners.

Next, we went for a 2 lap ride around the race course in a Hummer H2 to get familiar with the track.  Surprisingly, the interior of the Hummer wasn’t all that big even though the truck itself is huge.

The race course is setup on an old US Marine air strip with the turns marked with small cones.  The total length of course is about a mile long with some turns and a few chicanes thrown in to keep things interesting.  I found it somewhat difficult to navigate through the cones at high speed and went off-course once or twice but at least I didn’t run over any of them.

IMG_2137 The first car I drove was a Lamborghini Gallardo LP560.  This car has a 5.2L V10 engine making 560hp at 8,000 rpm, all-wheel drive, and was an absolute blast to drive.  It has great power, brakes, and goes around turns better than I ever imagined would be possible.  There were a number of times that my instructor told me to keep on the gas and that “She’ll hold …”.  Of course, he was correct and the car would have gone faster if I had more confidence and experience driving it. For the most part, it was an easy car to drive fast.  The only difficulty I had was the paddle shifters.  They take some getting used to but other than that, it was an incredibly easy car to drive fast in.

IMG_2148 The second car I drove was the Aston Martin V8 Vantage.  This car is a front-engine, rear wheel drive car with a 4.7L V8 making 420hp at 7,000 rpm.  It was clear that this car was a totally different car and wasn’t as fast as the Lamborghini.  Nevertheless, it was still a great car.  The sound from the V8 was outstanding making this car a pleasure to drive as well.

I have videos of the rides in both cars so that I can re-live the experience over and over again.  Driving these cars for a few laps around the track certainly was expensive, but when you consider that the Lamborghini is a $250,000 car and the Aston Martin is a $140,000 car, it’s the only way I’ll ever be able to afford driving one of these world-class supercars.  Even better is the fact that I got to drive these spectacular cars on a racetrack and was encouraged by the instructor to go as fast as possible around the race course which is after all, what these cars were made to do.  Driving them on the street would have been a completely different experience where you would miss out on the true thrill of driving these cars.

It’s an experience I won’t soon forget.   Thanks Mom and Melody!

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