Page 1 of 2 12 Last
Results 1 to 20 of 29

  1. Nodz86 is offline ____________
     
    Location: Essex, England
    Posts: 3,209

    #1

    Talking My Ultimate Driving Experience

    As some of you might know I did a driving day at the weekend. It has to be one of the best things I have ever done, ever. I thought I'd post a little review of the cars I drove and was driven in.

    I started the day being driven round the track (at low speed) in a Range Rover Sport Supercharged, very nice car, just a quick lap to familiarise us with the course and the general do's and doníts.



    Then I got thrown in at the deep end, in an Arial Atom. That thing is immense, one of the experiences I remember most of the day. The acceleration needs to be experienced to be believed especially with the cold, crisp air of a November morning rushing in any gap on the helmet!!! The time in this car can only be described mental, only used 3rd and 4th gear (same as in most cars) but the instructor I had in this car was the nuts (had an intercom on the helmets). After the 1st lap he was just encouraging me to go faster and faster. This car felt the quickest of the day by far even though it probably wasn't. If I was in this car last I think I would have been quicker as I would've known the track more. (pic of me being strapped in the Atom with helmet so I didn't get the Clarkson look)




    Next up was the Aston Martin DB9. Unfortunatly coming after the Atom it didn't feel like anything special. The Flappy Paddle shifting was smooth and slick, as you'd expect from an auto box. Apart from that it felt like a normal drive nothing to out the ordinary. Don't think the instructor helped much, was pretty quiet and seemed like he wanted to be elsewhere. (Pic of me in the Aston)




    After the Aston and some chips came the Ferrari 360 CS. Thought I'd have trouble fitting in this but the instructor was taller than me. Very comfy car to be in had the carbon ceramic brakes (which apparently last the lifetime of the car). The instructor was really good and very knowledgeable. Encouraged me to boot it and it was easy to do, very good to drive (probably because it weren't in race mode and had all the aids on). He said if I was to do a full day in the car then we would come to the stage of turning all the aids off and putting race mod on (something which I am actually looking into). The only floor with this car was the Flappy Paddle gear box, when you changed gear it was laggy, for want of a better word. Where as in the Aston it was smooth and unnoticeable to some extent this lagged a bit, apparently in race mod it weren't as bad, but it is probably due to the type of box it is. (Pic of me getting briefed in the 360CS)




    After a bit of waiting and a long speech I got to the Audi R8. The pre speech was rubbish and a pain and made me late for the LP640 (this car was actually subbed from another company on the site that why I had to sit through there rubbish). That said, once I got into the car it was all worth it. The instructor was a happy, chirpy chap, was making me boot it as where the rest. Really quick acceleration on it and a smoother box than the 36CS but still lagged a bit. On the chicane I dropped it to 2nd and as I accelerated hard out flapped the paddle to change out and it went into neutral, which was strange. Apart from that it went, and boy did it stop. The brakes where probably the best I'd used all day, very sharp and responsive, better than the ceramics on the 360CS (but then they need to be hot to work properly and for how much I used them they probably werenít that hot). This car was probably the biggest surprise of the day as it was the easiest to drive and when you give it some it responded. (Unfortunately the other company were a pain so couldn't get a pic of me in it but hereís one from earlier in the day)




    Last but not least was the Lambo LP640. From outside what an amazing car, looked the dogs and had a yellow interior to keep with the subtle looks. Climbed into the cockpit and my legs needed to be shorter and my arms needed to be longer, also had a proper gear box instead of the Flappy paddles. Found this to be probably the most difficult car to drive, seating wasn't comfortable (I know itís not meant to be), the B pillar (the one next to the windscreen, I'm sure Hybrid will correct me if I'm wrong) was right in the way, couldn't see round the bend at all and didn't really have any room to move unlike in the others. Once I got used to it, and knowing the track by this time I was confident to look down and see what speed I was doing when I got near the breaking point. I was doing well over a ton (100mph) after I had started braking but that wasn't the thing worrying me, more the engine warning light and check engine warning writing that was flashing at me, not good to see at any speed let alone that speed. Again the instructor wasn't the best in this car so probably didn't help too much. Still a great car but just didn't do it for me, might need a go in it again. The other thing I noticed is when you turned the steering wheel (noticed this whilst in the "pit area") on both the LP640 and the orange murci it sounded like one of the wishbones or track rods was going to snap, had a creaking and growing noise coming from them. (Pic of me trying to find the seat belt, only to realise I am a prize muppet and it is fed from the centre).




    To end the day I had a high speed ride round in a BMW M3 CSL. The driver was a nutcase, was basically trying to scare us by braking late etc, but on the first corner over cooked it and nearly had us spinning. This was over as soon as it began. After got my certificate, got some track photos of me driving the cars (so I was £90 lighter).

    All in all a very enjoyable day and I would recommend it to anyone. The highlights of the day was definitely the Atom that car has to be driven to even understand the madness of it. The biggest surprise of the Day had to go to the R8, what an amazing car one you could live with every day, I didn't hold much for it before I went and was saying itís an Audi it wonít be nothing special but I take that all back, it was one of the better cars. The Aston was average sat next to all these, whether it was because I drove the Atom before, who knows, but still a great car none the less but would choose an R8 over it. The Ferrari was outstanding piece of kit that I could thrash round all day, not as much adrenaline as in the Atom but then I weren't out in the elements in it, only downside was the gearbox. Unfortunately the biggest let down was the LP640, whether it was due to my seating position, view, instructor, I don't know or because this was the car I was hyping up the most (the opposite effect from the R8), who knows, still a great car in its own right but it just didn't do it for me.

    Here is a selection of pics of the other vehicles they had there:
    http://tinypic.com/useralbum.php?ua=...cMcXoLTg%3D%3D


    *photo's of me in vehicles where taken by shar, thats why half the car is missing on some of them.


  2. HavockJoker is offline PGR4 Master
    Location: New Jersey, USA
    Posts: 1,532

    #2

    Default

    Congrats. Awesome pic. One of my father's friends is gonna take me out for a day like this when I get my license to be illegible for my racing license.




  3. Speedtouch is offline I Wish I Was Special.
    Location: England
    Posts: 1,402

    #3

    Default

    Lucky you! I should go on one of these someday. I'll never get round to it though.

    And its the A pillar at the front - that car doesn't have a B pillar, as this image from wikipedia so wonderfully shows:



    Its very simple, just start from the front and work your way back.

    PhOTW Week 8 + 15 | PTOTW Week 1, 4 + 5

  4. Nodz86 is offline ____________
     
    Location: Essex, England
    Posts: 3,209

    #4

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Speedtouch »
    Lucky you! I should go on one of these someday. I'll never get round to it though.

    And its the A pillar at the front - that car doesn't have a B pillar, as this image from wikipedia so wonderfully shows:

    Its very simple, just start from the front and work your way back.
    Cool, cheers speedtouch, I knew it was a pillar of some description, but not as comfy as the pillow I'm about to put my head on now.

    If anyone wants to ask any questions feel free to ask

  5. Nipper is offline \/ The REAL TDUCk \/
     
    Location: Bongland
    Posts: 2,003

    #5

    Default

    What track was you at? Unless I missed it.

    Looks amazingly fun!!
    ||||||||||||||||||
    Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.

  6. Nodz86 is offline ____________
     
    Location: Essex, England
    Posts: 3,209

    #6

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by [TC] Nipper »
    What track was you at? Unless I missed it.

    Looks amazingly fun!!
    It was Elvington Airfield just outside York. I can't find a pic of the track so heres one I drew earlier (note, not very good as in MSPaint)



    That makes it look bigger than it was and it was set out with cones, 4 laps (1 out lap and 1 in lap) lasted about 10mins

  7. khevolution is offline Most likely To Hit a Tree
     
    Location: Brighton, UK
    Posts: 1,030

    #7

    Default

    looked like some real fun i should hopefully being doing something like that for my 21st birthday cannot wait, you got any links or info about the place you booked your driving day with

  8. Car Freak is offline loves dirt too
    Location: Singapore
    Posts: 3,066

    #8

    Default

    No fair. I'd never get a chance like that here in Singapore. I'd kill for just a ride in any of those cars, let alone drive them!

    How old are you and what are the requirements for taking part?


    Quote Originally Posted by Jon
    You're impossible, Mark
    Quote Originally Posted by Mark
    Impossible is nothing. Therefore I am nothing...

  9. TDU 505 is offline Clinically Insane
    Location: Singapore
    Posts: 2,754

    #9

    Default

    Uh i heard as long as you can reach the pedals....
    TBH that was a joke.
    Well Jon, looks like we gotta move to get an experience like this

  10. Mb
    Mb is offline The Photographer
    Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
    Posts: 8,136

    #10

    Default

    I am jealous now...
    Lucky man, must have been great fun!

    It doesn't matter how much horsepower your car has, it's about the smile on your face when you drive it.

  11. Aquila DK is offline is Tom Kristensen :D
    Location: Denmark
    Posts: 840

    #11

    Default

    Looks extremely fun Especially on a proper "track". I once got a ride in a Lotus Elise (The one with 280 HP I think?) on a closed parking lot with cones

    "Supercars are designed to mess with G forces, hypercars are designed to mess with G strings." - Jeremy Clarkson
    Noobs are great, everybody should own one

  12. KoenigseggBG is offline Made in 1994
     
    Location: Varna, Bulgaria
    Posts: 6,759

    #12

    Default

    You drove R8, LP640, Atom, 360CS and DB9 in one day. :O You`re soooo lucky...and had a great time. Congratz.

  13. Nodz86 is offline ____________
     
    Location: Essex, England
    Posts: 3,209

    #13

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by WOW! 300 Pages »
    looked like some real fun i should hopefully being doing something like that for my 21st birthday cannot wait, you got any links or info about the place you booked your driving day with
    Yep loads, expect a PM just after this post.

    Quote Originally Posted by Car Freak »
    No fair. I'd never get a chance like that here in Singapore. I'd kill for just a ride in any of those cars, let alone drive them!

    How old are you and what are the requirements for taking part?
    I'm 22, depends on whewre you go some tracks say as long as you have a full manual licence (so 17yrs old to get that over here) and others like Thruxton, Silverstone and other big circuits say 21yrs old. Some tracks supply race boots and gloves aswell as helmets. Also some require you to wear full length sleeves on t-shirts and trousers (no shorts)

    Heres some other things:
    You must hold a full driving license and be legal to drive on the UK roads. The restrictions for all the vehicles and equipment are height between 120 - 200cm and weight below 18 stone. Please check before you book that you meet the requirements

    Also they do a junior experiance, you don't get to rag it as much as I did but you still get to drive it, again hieght and wieght limits apply.

    Quote Originally Posted by Aquila DK »
    Looks extremely fun Especially on a proper "track". I once got a ride in a Lotus Elise (The one with 280 HP I think?) on a closed parking lot with cones
    Well mine was only round an airfield with a few cones (some people still mnaged to go through them, someone in the atom locked up on bracking and just carried on going, lol

    Quote Originally Posted by ●Koenigsegg● »
    You drove R8, LP640, Atom, 360CS and DB9 in one day. :O You`re soooo lucky...and had a great time. Congratz.
    And had a slow speed ride in a RR Supercharged and a high speed ride in a BMW M3 CSL

  14. Microphone is offline #Myk2016
       
    Location: England
    Posts: 7,952

    #14

    Default

    If you dont mind me asking, how much did you pay for it? it sounds like a great christmas or birthday present

    Absolutely the most super of all the non-super moderators Your friendly community moderator.

  15. Nodz86 is offline ____________
     
    Location: Essex, England
    Posts: 3,209

    #15

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by carmadmike »
    If you dont mind me asking, how much did you pay for it? it sounds like a great christmas or birthday present

    Well it was a bit for this one £495, which tbh was good for what I got as some around that price the cars are not as good, i.e. they have a low end porsche in there or a Scooby or Evo. Some around that let you do 3 cars then half a day Rally driving its all about finding what you want.

    I've just PM'd Khevo with some links, I can forward them to you if you want. Same for anyone if you want some links to sites that do these PM me and I'll send them to you.

  16. Microphone is offline #Myk2016
       
    Location: England
    Posts: 7,952

    #16

    Default

    Sure, Thanks!

    Absolutely the most super of all the non-super moderators Your friendly community moderator.

  17. Pherelas is offline I'm Going Slightly mad
    Location: The Dark Side of the Moon
    Posts: 3,278

    #17

    Default

    Wow looks amazing. I was looking into this at thurxton (you just need a driving licence there, not be 21). Similar kind of thing but more expensive and worse cars, but you do get a Formula Renault.

    Anyway must be well cool to drive an LP640 even if you didn't like it and the atom i bet is brilliant, the speed of the thing.
    -----
    [imglink]http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r289/pherelas/SigCustom.jpg[/imglink]
    . . . . . . Why is it always a wrong number, what if there in the wrong house? . . . . . . .

  18. Nodz86 is offline ____________
     
    Location: Essex, England
    Posts: 3,209

    #18

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Pherelas »
    Wow looks amazing. I was looking into this at thurxton (you just need a driving licence there, not be 21). Similar kind of thing but more expensive and worse cars, but you do get a Formula Renault.

    Anyway must be well cool to drive an LP640 even if you didn't like it and the atom i bet is brilliant, the speed of the thing.

    The LP640 was a great car but it was probably due to the seating position and the instructor as to why it werent that good. The Atom is one car that you must drive before you get old, it is immense and this one was the Atom 2 so it had the supercharged Honda Type R engine unlike the Atom 1 which had the MG Engine in it.

  19. YeOldeTDUMan is offline working too much
     
    Location: ?
    Posts: 1,463

    #19

    Default

    Oh a little correction ... with some car companies the rear pillar is always called the D pillar whether it has a B or C pillar or not ... and sometimes you have a combined C/D pillar ... all very confusing ... trust me!
    I'd rather be topless !

  20. Camel is offline Legendary Classic
      
    Posts: 11,510

    #20

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Hybrid_IV »
    Oh a little correction ... with some car companies the rear pillar is always called the D pillar whether it has a B or C pillar or not ... and sometimes you have a combined C/D pillar ... all very confusing ... trust me!
    You lost me at the word "oh"

    Looking nice, I must do a day like this when I have had my license for long enough.


 
Page 1 of 2 12 Last

Search Tags

arieol atom
,
aston martin db9
,
audi r8
,
ferrari 360cs
,
lambo lp640

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

about us

  • turboduck is a community that is dedicated to driving and racing games of all types on all platforms. Whether it's ticking off the miles/kilometres while exploring an open world, crashing and exploding everything in an insane balls-to-the-wall arcade racer, or nailing down every apex and trimming off every tenth possible in authentic sim-racing. It's all up for discussion as we enjoy the virtual cars, bikes, and everything else that these games offer. So join us, jump into the discussions, and don't think too much about why a 'duck' is our mascot. ;)
turboduck twitter turboduck facebook turboduck youtube turboduck twitter turboduck rss