What is the one goal attribute all automobiles might be measured by to separate the great autos from the nice ones? Velocity! At its core, a lap time encompasses extra than simply the power to go quick. It additionally encapsulates a automobile’s cornering, braking, and accelerating skill and embodies a automobile acting at its peak limits—all bundled into one neat little metric. That is exactly how we consider Lightning Lap contenders annually to find out which autos rank forward of the pack. As it’s possible you’ll know, we divide the automobiles into 5 lessons, LL1 via LL5, primarily based on value to judge the autos within the fairest manner attainable. Then it is time to hit the observe.
Coming October 19
For the previous 17 years, we’ve taken on the 4.1-mile, 24-turn Grand Course configuration at Virginia Worldwide Raceway, one of many U.S.’s most difficult tracks, to conduct this final take a look at of velocity. This 12 months, we’re providing our readers the chance to affix us at VIR and see all the things that goes into Lightning Lap testing firsthand. Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 19, since you will not need to miss this!
Observe editors trackside as they go for the perfect lap occasions, chat with editors in regards to the testing course of, get a close-up take a look at the Lightning Lap contender autos, take pleasure in lunch on the clubhouse, and race go-karts on VIR’s 5/8-mile, 24-foot-wide paved kart circuit.
For a style of what to anticipate, have a look again on the outcomes of each Lightning Lap testing since its inception in 2006. 2024 Lightning Lap outcomes will probably be printed within the February/March 2024 subject of Automotive and Driver, however attendees who be a part of us at VIR will get a sneak peek at lap occasions months earlier than the problem is printed. Spots are restricted for this unique editorial expertise, so do not wait to register. We hope to see you on the observe this October.