Here’s a new line I can cross of my bucket list:
Drive a Formula One on a race track in Europe
Ain’t that great??
I’ve been asked so many questions that I assembled this short video for my friends and family. Thought I’d share it with you guys.
The one question that was on everyone’s lips was: “How does it feel?”. Kinda obvious answer usually follows… It’s A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!! – Look at my smile at the end of the video! lol
But shhhh I’ll tell you the thruth…
I’ve driven really fast cars both on and off track in my 40+ years on this planet. F3, F2000, F1600, supercars, my TT :), etc. So I was expecting to get my a** kicked and get a headache from the G forces, but in reality, it was… OK.
Yeah, I know. Disappointing isn’t it?
Don’t get me wrong, I loved, I mean l-o-v-e-d every second on track. But I was expecting WAY more engine power. Braking was brutal, but nothing like I had never seen. It’s just very fast and ultra lightweight. I didn’t have to fight it, it drove nicely without me having to compute with both managing the track and the car. I was able to concentrate on the track and focus on my technique.
My brother in law’s souped-up Nissan GTR feels twice as fast on acceleration. But yeah, it feels that way because of its turbos. The Formula 1s gets an atmospheric engine and acceleration, although great, feels soooo linear that I didn’t get the rush I expected. I did feel the engine was producing 650hp and let me tell you: Don’t even think about flooring the gas pedal… You’ll get wheel spin and get the F**k out of the track in a split second! lol
So when you accelerate in a F1, you have no choice but to be gentle and go by 10% increments. So 10% – 20% – 30% – 40% … up to 100% and then switch gears and start again; 10% – 20% – 30% etc.
In 4th gear (of a total of 6) I went from 80% throttle to 100% because I was… well yes disappointed by its acceleration power. What happened? Guess!
Wheel spin, got the F1 sideways but as soon as I let the gas go, it came back right away. Lesson learned. It won’t give you more than that and you have to treat “her” gently.
Awesome ride, would repeat daily if I could. It’s spectacular as a formula car because its so light and powerful compared to others. But if compared with everything else out there, pure acceleration is not her best side.
Thoughts? Write ’em up below.