Driving a supercar on the freeway is easy. Thanks to adaptive all wheel drive and advanced stability control systems—not to mention the adjustable suspensions and manumatic paddle-shifted F-1 style gearboxes that come with your typical half-million dollar machine—hitting, say, 125 on a straight ribbon of highway takes little more than balls. Hitting 125 on a track takes skills. (And balls.)
But as the gentleman enjoying the Coors knew, it also happens to be a hell of a good time.
Just follow these two rules:
Get your braking done before the turn.
Your performance driving coach may blather on about the nuances of a particular corner’s apex, the car’s weight distribution, understeering and yada, yada, yada, but essentially he’s trying to tell you two simple things: break into a turn earlier than your instincts tell you—and get off the brake and back on the gas commensurately sooner as well.
Follow the trail of rubber.
Unless you’ve spent hours memorizing a track’s racing line on the ultra-realistic iracing.com simulator (even NASCAR guys do this), there’s no way you can internalize all of its kinks and curves in just a few laps. Just look for the streaks. It’s that simple.
But this is the most important thing to remember when driving a supercar that’s not yours, whether on a track or off: don’t hit your head while getting out of the thing.
Jesse Will, an editor at Maxim, “evaluates” dream cars for a living.