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Old 01-22-2012, 10:21 AM   #2
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Smile Took a Hot-lap in the Ford Mustang Track Car

The people who test drive a production Ford vehicle are offered a chance to take a "hot-lap" as a passenger in a Ford Mustang. Ford was running Shelby Mustangs and one of their Track Cars that they use for their drifting demonstrations.

Most of the people in line in front of me wanted to take a lap in the Shelby so I jumped at the chance to take a lap in Ford's Track Car. The Track Car was equipped with a roll cage, competition seats and a four point harness - they even required the passenger to wear a helmet.

Needless to say, I had a great time. The only downside is the test track in Scottsdale is shorter than the one in Las Vegas which limits how far the driver can push the vehicle.

Bottom line: I'm sure Ford and GM spend a ton of money running the test tracks at Barrett-Jackson but in my opinion it's money well spent. I have a much more favorable opinion of the vehicles I've driven (Volt, Explorer and Edge) and unlike reading about vehicles on the Internet, actually testing them leaves a lasting memory.
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