My Supercar Adventure with The Corvette C7 Stingray And GTR
The Move Car team took part in Xtreme Xperience's race at Blackhawk Farms Raceway north of Rockford, on the Wisconsin border. Although it was quite a journey from our Chicago office, it was well worth it.
I had the pleasure to drive the Nissan GT-R as well as the Corvette C7 Stingray. The GT-R was the most appealing of all the cars. It has a 0-60 time of 0-60, and acceleration is what I was most interested in. The GT-R excels in corners and has won numerous lap times records at notable tracks such as the Nurburgring and Top Gear Track.
The Race Track
It was my first time racing on a track and I wasn't sure what to expect. Xtreme Xperience offers a ride-along option and two pace cars at the track. This was worth the $45. After 3 laps, I felt a lot more familiar with the track and was able to feel the pace. However, I was also more nervous than I had been before I fully appreciated how fast the cars turn. The Camaro pace car isn't as smooth as the GT-R.
I had no idea what to expect going into the experience. Although I was initially looking for the fastest acceleration I ended up being most impressed with the cars' breaking ability and their ability to turn corners at high speeds without losing a beat. It's a lot of fun. The cars seem to break at will and we felt that we only had half of their capabilities.
It can be tricky to turn at high speed, so you don't end up sniping or flying off the track. However, I was able to make the turns fast enough that the tires didn't squeal too much. I was able to make the most of the acceleration by flooring both cars and speeding down the straight as fast as possible. Although my GT-R top speed was 116 the track is short and doesn’t allow for enough time to reach top speed.
We are already planning our next trip to the Joliet Automobilbahn Country Club Track. I would love to drive a Ferrari next time, and possibly the GT-R again. If possible, take the pace car to experience such an experience. If you're a beginner, it's advisable to test drive the cheapest vehicle they have available first. There is a steep learning curve. You don't want one trip.
Pick a car that is primarily focused on handling in corners, rather than top speed, which can be irrelevant for cars with little straights. Enjoy the ride, don't worry about doing it perfectly. Follow the pace car's line, enjoy the time you have, and don't listen to the instructor unless he says "BREAK BREAK BREAK!"
Enjoy the ride.