We’re known as champions of consumer advice here on Top Gear. No, really, we are. And we’ve got a little nugget for all you Americans that live in the United States of Americans.
Lamborghini has just announced the cost of competing in this year’s brand-new Super Trofeo race series in America, and it costs just $17,500 per driver.
For your money, you get 120 minutes of practice, a 40 minute qualifying session, and two 50-minute races, which is over four hours of track time per weekend. That’s $17,500 per driver, for 20 hours in a racing Lamborghini, versus quite a few thousand more hours if you bought the Cruze. But your hours in the Cruze won’t be filled with carbon fibre and oversteer and noise and horsepower and clapping fans and possible podiums. They will be filled with monotone, crushingly disappointing runs to the supermarket, with only the hammers-blow of regret that you didn’t buy a seat in a Gallardo, keeping you company. That’s a lot of time to be spent in angst.
The fee - $35k per car - includes the four-wheel-drive LP570-4, full service package, car transportation, a Pirelli tyre package, driver race suits, trackside hospitality and, erm, parking. Though if you’ve pilfered from the ‘sensible car fund’, you may only need a bus pass and a good excuse to your partner.
What are you waiting for?
There was sadness in the air at Le Mans this weekend, which no doubt contributed to the overall ‘Le Mans Lag’ that was trending on Twitter today (drivers Allan McNish, Anthony Davidson and Karun Chandhok all noting how their body clocks were still on La Sarthe’s racing time zone). Allan Simonsen’s untimely and tragic passing following his accident after three laps remains a sad reminder that, as we wrote yesterday, racing carries with it a constant, mortal threat.
But the race went on at the wishes of Allan’s family, and Le Mans became united under the #WinItForAllan banner, everyone donating their personal stories to the storybook of the fallen Aston driver whose bio simply read, ‘living the dream’….
The driver is 19-year-old Dino Zamparelli, the weather is atrocious and the avoid-and-save is - well, we’ve never seen anything quite like it. We defy you not to wince while watching this one.
Responding to criticism he might have ignored a yellow flag, Zamparelli said: “We had already passed the incident that caused the yellow flags. If you look at the car ahead, he was actually pulling away from me up Eau Rouge. Someone then slowed down on the straight line after Eau Rouge and that caused everyone to bunch up.”
There’s been talk of a London Grand Prix for a while now. Well, if you want to see what it could look like (computer generated, of course) click the video above. If you ask us, Big Ben whizzing by at 190mph looks pretty good.
Anyway, TopGear.com has a great writeup including a detailed map of the proposed circuit so click through to have a look.
How fast did you go?
Hammond (laughing): You’ll have to watch the film — but it wasn’t as fast as the cars race. The thing is a monster. It’s like climbing into the belly of a dragon and driving that around. It does only one thing — and that’s go around the track really fast in one direction. You find yourself trying to fight it, trying to keep it from doing what it really wants to do. And also, when you go into a turn and hit the braking, well, I fly a helicopter back in Britain and I would say it feels more like that than driving a car — because you roll into that turn and you roll back out of it. It’s not like any other kind of driving that you’ll ever get to do anywhere else.
A yearly celebration of Stuttgart’s finest in one awesome photo gallery. Click through to TopGear.com for the rest.
Fans of Formula One, rejoice! A second US Grand Prix has been confirmed, and it’s in New Jersey.
It will join the Formula One calendar in 2013 and will be titled, the ‘Grand Prix of America’, joining the other ‘Merican race in Austin, Texas that kicks off next year.
The new 3.2m street circuit will run through West New York and Weehawken, with the Manhattan skyline and the banks of the Hudson River serving as a background.
New Jersey state governor Chris Christie said: “The race will be run on existing roads through Port Imperial and at the top of the Palisades. People from the whole world will come to New Jersey to see this unique and exciting course.”
Designed by Herman Tilke, the new circuit is described as being similar to Spa but with the feel of Monaco.
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