In order to celebrate 20 years since winning Le Mans with the F1 GTR McLaren did a parade lap before the start of the race with a selection of F1 GTRs, P1s and 650s (including the new Le Mans edition..roof scoop yo) being followed finally by some 12Cs. I have to say this really was one of the best things I've ever done. Sitting in a P1 behind an F1 GTR Longtail (driven by JJ Lehto) about to do a slow cruise around the Le Mans track really got the blood pumping. In the prior briefing there were a few safety tips and guidelines to keep everyone safe and all the cars in one piece. Firstly, no overtaking. The impression I had been given was that we were going to go for a very sedate drive around the track in a line. Apparently race drivers have very selective hearing because after a few slow corners past the crowds the pace started to increase at an exponential rate until i found myself doing 180mph down the Mulsanne straight behind some screaming GTRs! This I will never forget.. Below i've linked my snapchat which has a bit of video of the lap.
Mclaren f1 gtr
Mclaren f1 gtr
Mclaren f1 gtr le mans
Mclaren f1 gtr p1 le mans
BMW invited me down to Goodwood Festival of Speed to check out their latest offerings, a ride up the hill in the X4M and a look round the M8 Comp.
Last week I was near Autofarm's new facility so figured it was time to get the Sharkwerks exhaust back on. Whilst we were doing this I realised I have never seen a video on how to take the bumper off on a 997.2. The bumper is already off but I run through the process and then have a walk around of my backdate to see what's going on with that. I still absolutely love the shape and drive of the 997, the 991 and 992 don't really keep the involvement this gen has. Check out the video below.
My first chance to drive the 2019 Lotus Exige 410 on a road and it did not disappoint. Unfortunately it was pretty wet but despite that I still had a wicked time and it probably made the car feel even more nuts.
I had a chance recently to drive the Lotus Elise Cup 250 on the roads around Bicester in the UK. It was my first experience of the Elise and it was the perfect environment (if a little wet) to try out this lightweight sports car.
Last week I took the Radical SR3 to Spa Francorchamps for a test day with a bunch of other race cars. We had LMP3, GT3, GT4 and some Ferrari Challenge cars. It's always fun mobbing these in the corners even thought they have much more pace on the straights.