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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

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