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  • McLaren MP4-12C

Firebird Raceway East Track Map

In addition to owning and operating WrapForm, I’m the VP of Marketing and an instructor for Xtreme Xperience.  We recently got back from a trip to Firebird Raceway in Phoenix, AZ. The beautiful AZ 70-80 degree weather was a welcomed relief from the relatively mild Fall we’re experiencing in Chicago. In addition to my Xtreme Xperience duties, I put on my WrapForm hat to apply some graphics and headlights lenses to protect the cars (in part) from the dusty track. XX recently picked up a wrapped matte black Lamborghini LP560 (in the video above) which I’ll be writing a sperate post about since the wrap job is shining example of a commercial sign shop butcher job.

 

My thoughts on the track: Firebird East was a pretty straight forward track. Not too technical, not too boring. The track is 1.25 miles long with 10 turns (depending on how you count turns) and a 1/4-mile straightway. The surface is sealed, so it’s very slippery in the morning before the dust is blown off of the racing line. I actually went off-track 3 times in the Ferrari F430 while trying to learn the racing line; I just carried too much speed into the turns. After getting the line down, I was even able hang with a group of professionals who called Firebird their home track!

 

The best part of the 4-day Supercar Track Xperience was my experience driving the McLaren MP4-12C. As you can see in the video above, this car handles and accelerates like nothing else. I’ve driven the MP4-12C’s closest competition, the Ferrari 458 Italia, and while that’s an amazing car, it didn’t have the slam-your-head-back acceleration and ride-on-rails cornering of the McLaren.

 

Cars Driven at Firebird: McLaren MP4-12C, Lamborghini LP560 Spyder, Porsche 911 Turbo, Ferrari F430

 

Top Speed Reached: 127 in the McLaren MP4-12C. Fastest Lap: 1:08

 

Highlights: Perfect driving weather, long straightaway, nothing to run into, relatively easy on tires

 

Negatives: Brutally bumpy curbing, curbing drop-offs that could ruin a supercar, very dusty track, no amenities or buildings

Autobahn Country Club North Track Map

 

 

This is video of me giving a ride-along experience to Xtreme Xperience’s newest employee, @Chrgrint. The Mercedes SLS AMG is an absolute blast to drive. It’s perfectly balanced which allows you to feel the car rotate around you through the turns. The naturally aspirated 6.2 litre V8 delivers power instantaneously and makes one of the best sounds in the automotive world (in my opinion). The transmission is amazing; in S+ mode, it almost reads your mind while in AMG mode (manual with paddles), the shifts are almost immediate and have a predictable feel. The only down side is that the steering is too good. It does not provide as much input as some of the other supercars such as a Ferrari F430. Plus, there are those doors. Those beautiful gullwing doors. Just watch your head getting out.

 

Cars Driven at Autobahn: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, Ferrari F430, Ferrai 458 Italia, Ferrari F430 Scuderia, Lamborghini LP560 Coupe, Lamborghini Gallardo, Audi R8 4.2 FSI, Maserati Granturismo, Porsche 911 Turbo, Aton Martin V8 Vantage, Bentley GTC, Corvette C6, Mercedes SL65.

 

Top Speed Reached: 135 mph on the front straight in a Ferrari 458 Italia.

 

The Autobahn Country Club is located in Joliet, Illinois on 315 acres, just a short drive out of downtown Chicago, minutes off of Highway 55. The North Track is a 1.46 mile road course and features 9-turns, 3 straight-aways (the longest is 1237-ft) and 40-ft wide racing tarmac. The track also has a South track, LARGE paddock, a go-kart track, skid pad, clubhouse, timing towers, privately-owned garages, a snack bar (best food of any track I’ve been to), free wi-fi, and clean bathrooms.

 

Xtreme Xperience offers customers the opportunity to drive the latest exotic supercars from Lamborghini, Ferrari, Audi, Porsche and more on world-class racetracks across the United States. 

Atlanta Motorsports Park Track Map

 

 

I recently had the opportunity to drive this beautiful, brand new, F1-inspired race track as an instructor for Xtreme Xperience‘s Supercar Track Xperience. Atlanta Motorsports Park in Dawesonville, GA is a gem in the midst of the rolling hills of Georgia.

 

Cars Driven at AMP: Lamborghini LP570 Spyder Performante, Lamborghini Gallardo, Audi R8, Ferrari California, Ferrai F430, Porsche 911 Turbo, Porsche 911 Turbo S. Cars I rode in: Porsche GT3 RS 4.0, Camaro SS.

 

Top Speed Reached: approx 130 mph after Turn 16 in a Lamborghini LP570 Spyder Performante.

 

The Track:

Atlanta Motorsports Park (AMP) is a road course designed by famed Formula One architects, Hermann Tilke. AMP is a 2-mile road course with elevation changes, technical course layout, high speed straights and two ‘signature’ corners designed to pay homage to famed European race courses; Belgium’s Spa-Francochamps and the iconic ‘Carousel’ from Germany’s Nurburgring. Incorporating these most famous and exciting of all of motorsports only hints at the lengths. 

 

Highlights: Beautiful scenery. The track has signs around the track which are great for indicating the turn-in, apex and track out points of the racing line. The elevation changes were a welcomed feature, but getting used to blind turns over hill crests was a challenge. It’s a highly engineered track. The built-in braking compression zones were a lot of fun. Finding the racing line is tough, but very rewarding when you hit a set of turns just right. The track has a great rhythm. The track staff was very friendly, helpful and attentive.

 

Negatives: The place was still under construction so the paddock was granite gravel which resulting in shiny dust infiltrating every possible crack, seam, and surface or our cars, clothes and equipment. There’s a hump in Turn 11 that bottoms out the cars which resulted in some decent wear on the underbodies of the cars. It’s a tough track to teach a complete novice; especially in supercars.