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Navigating the safe lane: The supercar experience

For many, owning a supercar or hypercar represents the pinnacle of the automotive experience. This is where speed meets luxury and no longer becomes just a matter of ownership; it is an experience.

For those who may not have a six-figure sum to spend on a beautiful exotic, there is also the option of renting a supercar, whether for a day or just for a racing experience.

Last year I headed to Speed ​​Vegas and had the opportunity to drive a Lamborghini Huracan LP580-2 on the custom-built track just outside the Vegas city limits. During the exciting 7 rounds one thing became incredibly clear: The car could provide much more power than I could offer.

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Although I had a professional driving instructor in the passenger seat to guide my every move, it was my first time driving the Huracan after trying other powerhouses like the Mercedes AMG GT and Nissan GT-R, so I didn’t was completely in my element. Still, it got me thinking about the safety aspect of owning an exotic and what it looks like outside of a controlled environment (or rather, controlled as much as possible).

The Speed ​​Vegas Incident

In 2017, a tragic accident occurred at the same Speed ​​Vegas where Craig Sherwood and Gil Ben-Kely died in a fiery accident after their Lamborghini Aventador crashed into a track wall. As a result, there has been close scrutiny of how everything unfolded once the case reached the courtroom.

Theories emerged as competitors and experts expressed their opinions on the following reasons:

  • The route design and whether it was safe.
  • The car itself and the presence of certain spare parts.
  • The quality of teaching and the emphasis on speed.

Image shows a silver Porsche 918 Spyder, a red Ferrari LaFerrari and a McLaren P1.Image shows a silver Porsche 918 Spyder, a red Ferrari LaFerrari and a McLaren P1.Image shows a silver Porsche 918 Spyder, a red Ferrari LaFerrari and a McLaren P1.

As high-performance vehicles, supercars absolutely dominate normal cars. They’re faster, more nimble, and feature a ton of technology you’d never see in a commuter sedan, as well as safety controls the average driver doesn’t even know about.

There are some misconceptions about supercars, such as that they spin easily, but for those with extensive experience it is widely accepted that these cars are rigorously engineered and quite capable of handling most anything you throw at them.

Why do accidents happen?

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It’s the million dollar question everyone is asking: What or who is to blame? The obvious answer is: it depends on.

If you ask an instructor who has trained over 200 supercar drivershe will tell you that it is most likely due to a driver error.

Companies are obliged to ensure that their machines are well maintained. Ironically, when I got into the Huracan and started the beast, the check engine light came on hilariously and stayed on. In hindsight I should have questioned it but I chose to ignore the reason as the car was probably being driven to the ground for 12 hours a day. It drove as I expected and it’s hard to say why the CEL persisted.

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Maintenance is important because you want every aspect of the vehicle to be in top shape. A blown tire, traction control system malfunction, brake wear, or any combination of mechanical failures can result in an accident.

Beyond the car itself, a lot more can happen with the wildcard element, the driver.

Careful design cannot compensate for the lack of experience and training. Poor judgment can mean the difference between completing your final lap or ending up in the gravel trap.

As Road and Track puts it: “I thought I had seen all sorts of idiocy behind the wheel.

Many supercars can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in under 3 seconds. You can easily reach 100 miles per hour on a race track, but whether you have the training and reflexes is a whole different story.

Closing the gap: what can you do?

Nobody gets into a supercar thinking that it will be the last time they will ever have an accident. Human error exists, but we never know when it will hit us at the most inopportune moment. God forbid if you ever get into a collision, Consult a car accident attorney for advice may be a good idea whether it’s your fault or not.”

The good news is that there are always precautions that can reduce the risk of injury or, better yet, improve your riding experience.

Learn new skills

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Credit: Ferrari

Money can’t buy skills, so brush up on your driver’s education. Invest in advanced driving courses that focus on high-performance vehicles. You spent the money to buy the car of your dreams. You want to have the skills necessary to get the most out of it.

There are also High performance driving events You can take part where you can meet other supercar owners and test your skills.

The road is not the route

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No matter how you slice it, a public road is a public road. Enthusiasts who embrace it Tail of the dragon Do this with some risk tolerance and there is no substitute for the race track. As our in-house Porsche expert Terence W. says: “…if you really want to test a car’s handling characteristics, it’s simply better to do it on a race track, where if you miss an apex you might end up in a strategic one placed curve.” Gravel bed or run-off area. If you miss a peak on the mountain road, you go down the mountain.”

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