The time I went to test drive Lamborghinis – 22/28

Well it happened. I got invited to test drive the Lamborghini Veneno:

as well as the Veneno Roadster:

Two gorgeous if-you’re-asking-the-cost-you-can’t-afford-it supercars put out by Lamborghini. They wanted me to test drive them and give them feedback, both on the road, the track, and the Autobahn. It just so happened that I submitted an essay for non-Lamborghini owners as to why I like this brand, and I won! They flew me out to Sant’Agata Bolognese Italy first class, set me up in a nice hotel and then it was down to business.

I liked the Veneno more than the roadster because of the rigidity that came with have a roof over my head. I floored it and it was more than responsive! It gave what I had to offer and then some. Given that the top speed is in the ballpark of 220mph, they set me up with some high speed tips and tricks from none other than Valentino Balboni who was around for such an occasion. It was encouraging to work with a guy who started off as a mechanic apprentice and worked up to being the test driver of Lamborghini.

It was a fun 2 weeks out at Lamborghini HQ. With every passing hour spent behind the wheel I became more and more confident as a fast but safe driver. It was a shame when it came to the end, not because of this entire experience in and of itself, but rather that it was only a dream.

😦 Dang blazes!

~Nathanael~

4/30 – Part time driver, all time autophile

Part time driver, all time autophile

I enjoy driving, I really do, but my love of cars goes beyond getting my drivers license 11 years ago…it started when I was 4!

The neighbor of a friend had purchased a British Racing Green Jaguar XJ6 and I told the guy that someday I would own what he was driving. In hindsight maybe an ’88 Jaguar XJ6 isn’t a good place to begin with for owning a Jaguar (electrical gremlins plagued this car in the 80s), but I didn’t know about the Jaguar E Type, XJ220, D Type & C Type.

I sadly do not have my full “man card” as I don’t know how to drive manual…yet, but I dream and hopefully I will learn off my friend’s Mitsubishi Eclipse. There’s something about cars that appeal to me, I think it’s mostly aesthetics and speed that appeal to me most, gas mileage takes the back burner when it comes to my favorite cars of all time, some of them are as follows:

1) Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport

2) Acura NSX

3) Porsche 911 GT3

4) Lamborghini Diablo 6.0 VT (The dream car of my youth)

5) Mercedes 300SL “Gullwing”

6) Jaguar E Type

those are most of my favorite cars, they scream sexy and speed in their own right.

In my 11 years of driving I have the experiences, I can’t say I enjoyed it all because who truly enjoys bumper-to-bumper Chicago rush hour traffic or passing a trailer on fire in the dead of night? I do enjoy long stretches of driving, my time to and from Nashville was one of my favorites simply because of the terrain differences & the times where it seemed like I was on “The Green Hell“.

Cars are part of my past as well as my present, and here’s hoping they’re a part of my future as well. 🙂 It would be nice to find a girl who is as much of an autophile as I am, someone whom I can drive with and get a project car with, someone whom I can get greasy with in the garage (that’s not entirely a sexual euphemism).

~Nathanael~

24/31 – A spontaneous moment in my life that that turned out to be fantastic

A spontaneous moment in my life that that turned out to be fantastic

I was invited via mail to test drive the then new Lexus IS-F, which in case if you don’t know what it looks like here are some photos:

416 horse power
Zed to 60 in 4.6 seconds
Quarter mile in 13 seconds…

All this for me to test drive,
Oh did I mention that I was invited to test drive this car at the local track?

Not the best photo for it, but I was invited to test drive the Lexus IS-F on this track (Autobahn Country Club), so I quickly filled out the information so as to reserve a spot…my father found out and decided he wanted a go at it, why not? I thought and so I got him signed up for the event as well.

I love cars, for their design (when it’s a good design) for their speed (’nuff said) and for their heritage. I have a lot of car books, I’ve attended the Chicago Auto Show 13 years running, I love car shows and I love that there are lot of good ones in my area… So given the opportunity to drive one, around a track no less, I’m all for it!

It was simply a beautiful day for driving, and when we got there we got a lowdown as to how it was going to go. A little practicing to give us inexperienced track drivers a chance to get a feel for the track, it so happened that I was the lead car after the pace car, so I set the par and I drove as fast (responsibly, mind you) as I could. I did get it up to 100 miles per hour in the longer straights, if I knew more about the car and the track I probably would have given it more.

After our track time we were invited to get in the car with a professional driver…so we did, and wow, good driver + fast speeds = fun!

It took just one time to work in my mind that I want to have more track time in my life, the track bug bit hard and I can’t wait to do it again. My father however had enough for one life time, his stomach was…moved, and we had to make a brief system to get that “cleared up” as it were.

~Nathanael~