The NZ Performance Car Magazine Summer Tour kicked off on Saturday with the annual park up at Hooten Reserve in Albany, Auckland. Even though it rained throughout the morning, the forecast was correct in predicting that it would clear up in the afternoon, and it turned out to be ridiculously hot. This did not work out well for me as I was dressed all in black! Project Z still isn't running yet so I was faced with the predicament of not having a cool car to take along. I thought I would try my luck and ask my boss if I could take a car from my work. You’ll never know unless you try, right?
The answer was as I'd hoped! I collected the car, a 2013 LP 550-2 (550hp, rear wheel drive) just after lunch and went to pick up my girlfriend Michelle - the look on her face when she walked out of the house was priceless! We got onto the motorway at Western Springs so that we could drive through the new tunnel – the last time I went through there was for the FD3S Dream Drive story I put together for Speedhunters. We rolled the windows down and I chopped down a gear, and we both looked at each other and cracked up laughing. The sound it made as it echoed through the tunnel was ridiculous. It was beyond awesome!
Photo by Saret Vision
I love the feeling of driving with the paddles; the 6-speed 'e-gear' transmission is a refreshing change for me as I drive a manual car on a daily basis. If you do ever get the chance to drive one of these, seriously don't even bother with the automatic mode, that's for sissies. It was definitely difficult to not get too throttle-happy as the car handles so beautifully and the throttle is so responsive, and hearing the V10 revving behind me left me with a permanent grin for the rest of the day.
Now that's what I call a Christmas bonus!
Other info about the LP 550-2:
Review by Driven
Vehicle listing on Independent Prestige