Dammit, Top Gear made it look so easy.
The civilian-spec Mercedes SLS AMG is really more of a touring car than a track-tearing demon. Until you uncork the exhaust and put a diving board spoiler on the back and turn it into a GT3 machine. You’re going to want to turn those headphones up.
When you track your car, you know that stuff will break. Parts fail, structural components snap, and things succumb to the extra stresses of being run at the limit. So, you might as well appreciate how hilariously awesome your own wheel looks as it skips through the grass.
Booking a track day can be pretty intimidating, even for those of us who get to ride on a track fairly often. The genius behind SportbikeTrackGuide.com agrees with me, which is why he developed a site that aggregates all of the upcoming track day info into one place.
How does one end up at a track day without a car? In my case, it was because I foolishly agreed to ride shotgun across the country from New York to California, in a smelly friend’s Ford Fiesta ST, all so he could do a track day at Laguna Seca. But I’d be be damned if I wasn’t going to make an event out of my…
So, there’s a track that you really want to drive. Great! But you’ve never driven it before and you don’t want to make an idiot of yourself. That’s tricky. Here’s how you can Forrest Gump your way through it without completely screwing up.
Internet showoffs make it seem like you need a dedicated track car to have fun on open lapping days. They’re dead wrong—as this high schooler showed us by bringing his family’s Chrysler 200 to a track day at Mid-Ohio. And he had an absolute blast.
When Larry Kosilla isn’t spending his time detailing a Ferrari F40 or some other crazy exotic, you can probably find him pushing the limits of his prepped Porsche 964 at a track day somewhere in the Northeast. In this video he takes the time to cover and explain all of the must-knows for your first time at the track.
Track days are the go-to events to test the limits of your car and improve driving skill. But they don’t always end well. These are your 10 worst track day experiences.
Track days are amazing! Track days don’t always end well!
I’ll tell you exactly.
That’s one way to win a trackday, bro.
Here it is, my dark, secret shame. Though I may be of the esteemed driving class known as “a Jalopnik writer,” I had never, ever driven on a track. Not for a second in my life. Until now. I survived my first track day, and this is how you can, too.
I’m not sure there is anything more terrifying than watching a bunch of yahoos get turned loose on an open track.
Let me put it this way — you really, really don't want to put two wheels off at Turn 9 at Big Willow.
The McLaren P1 GTR is not a race car. The McLaren P1 GTR is not a racecar. The McLaren P1 GTR is not a racecar. But dammit it's a 986 horsepower stripped and prepped trackday beast and I love it anyway.
Make sure your GoPro is secured the next time you hit the track, otherwise you might end up launching it at somebody at 160 miles an hour.
How much faster is an F1 car than a normal car? Like, any other car? Like, literally any other car you might see at a trackday? Hella fucking fast.