I was supposed to be in Taiwan this week, but due to weather we had to postpone, which turned out great because this gave me a chance to attend a private track day and try my 650S on the 3 mile track to see how it would do. Unfortunately I wasn't feeling at my top that day, so my driving was inconsistent and I never got a full lap where I did everything right, but I still got to try the car and managed a few 2:01 laps (my timer said 2:00 once, but it looks like it was wrong).
The organizers are also in the habbit of doing some drag races to compare cars, and it turns out that I won against a F458 Speciale, Aventador, and 650hp racecar :) (actually I lost to the aventador once when I started in the wrong gear, but won best 2 out of 3):
A few car pictures:
Before lunch time, we lined up for some drag racing (from a running start):
Before enjoying lunch:
In the afternoon, I tried to rest a bit to be more focussed, and as luck would have it, I again scored my best lap of the day on my last session, just before having to stop due to having melted my rear brake pads :)
Thanks much to the organizers and participants, it was great fun.
It arrived at Thunderhill with barely 300 miles, not quite the recommended break in period :) but at the same time you're not supposed to baby an engine when it's new, for its valves to seat properly, you're actually supposed to rev it and work through multiple parts of the RPM band, so I made sure to do that :)
I still suck at the full track, but managed a 3.36. That will give me a benchmark to beat next time :)
After the possible traction control problem I had with my MP4-12C, it ended up making more sense to swap cars, so I ordered about the same car from the 650S line. It's mostly the same platform with many improvements. I missed out on most of the track season this year, so looking forward to catching up :)
Alessandro took beautiful pictures, here are a few: