Track Day in a C7 Corvette

 

If you like driving moderately aggressively on some windy back roads, watching road racing, or talking s@!$ behind a keyboard about how awesome of a driver you are, you need to attend a track day. Track days are for learning about your car and yourself. Seeing what it can do and what you can actually do behind the wheel, cementing that bond between man and machine. I used to race go karts when I was younger and absolutely love racing, so for me track days are a no brainer. Unfortunately I don’t have a car that can be tracked so when I found out I could rent a C7 corvette and track it, i couldn’t resist. 

 

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The Track 

The track day I attended was the New York safety track, which is literally in the middle of nowhere. But the track is very technical with a lot of elevation change, blind corners, and even a section you can get airborne with enough speed. My first lap out I was beyond frustrated trying to man handle this vette around the track without knowing the proper line. If you don’t know the line for this track it chews you up and spits you out. Literally spits you out of the corner and robs you of any speed or chance at a good lap. My next round of laps I went with an instructor and got to know the track a little better and the difference in my driving was night and day. Having the instructor right there coaching me through each corner, the turn in points, braking points, line, everything made me a better driver in just a few minutes it was amazing. 

 

The Car

I’m a huge corvette fan and I’ve driven a C4 and C6 Corvette so i was super pumped to drive the C7 and it lived up to every expectation and more. Once I got my driving line dialed in and I was hitting my apexes and turn in points properly this thing really shined. I was amazed at how well the C7 vette stuck in corners. It was almost un natural how well it handled, like I was expecting it try to spin out or oversteer and it never did. A little undeesteer coming too hot into a corner, but letting off the brakes a little to let the car settle fixed that and over all it was very predictable. In stock form there is plenty of power, especially if you’re not used to it. It’s amazing how the corvette has go kart type qualities in that it feels very balanced and nimble through corners. The steering inputs are direct and you get very nice feedback through the wheel to let you know what’s going on. 

 

Overall what’s my take away from this event? One thing is that having a driving instructor help you out and coach you is way better than trying to figure it out on your own. If you’re open and listen you will learn much faster and have much more fun. The second thing I learned was that the C7 Corvette is a phenomenal car. I mean I had no doubts in that, but it just confirmed my feeling. The third thing? Well that would be that i need to get back into racing asap and get a track car. Any suggestions? 

 

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