Finally realised the perks of owning a website
Just got back from Millbrook Proving Grounds after taking the new Golf Mk6 GTi for a thrash
Volkswagen UK got in touch (through one of my other websites Volkstorque) a few weeks ago and asked if me and another forum user would like to come and play in the new Golf. Took a while to go over the pros and cons (as you can imagine) but I decided to say YES !!!!!!!
So, me & Matt (Plumcrazee) went off to Millbrook this morning. Got there and went through a little intro then got taken out to the cars. The pro driver took us round and showed us what to do before swapping seats and giving us a blast
First off was a mile straight. From 0 to 130MPH & then back down 0 Them things shift. After that we went down again, ran up to 100MPH and were told to slam the brakes on as hard as we could to bring the car to a halt. Jeez, it felt you were slowing down from about 30. Foot to the floor and there was no pulling through the steering, no skidding or anything just a nice stop. Managed to fit 2 of those into the mile long section.
Next we got taken up to the Alpine section. Proper steep gradients and sweeping curves anlong with a few hairpins, a jump and a couple of dropoff corners. Once again, we got blatted around there by the driver (Serious credit to the guy and the car) and it was our turn. Tyres screeching all over the place but it held the road like nobodys business.
On to the high speed bowl we go. This is a 2 mile long perferct circle with continuous banked corners. Each of the 5 lanes has a minimum speed limit on it going from 40 to 100. We got taken round in the outside lane at about 148 MPH. Swap seats and it's our go. Something to do with licencing meant we could only drive in the 4th lane but that clocked us up to 110MPH. It's amazing how fast 2 miles goes by lol.
That was the last go for us as we went on to the handling circuit. Rules said that we weren't allowed to drive around that and it's understandable as to why. The road was only just wide enough for the car in places . Bombing around at close to 90 round some of these corners with the tyres screeching and the back end stepping out occasionally. I think the guy that drove us had been round there before
Another quick blast round the Alpine section before the driver took us round the handling course again but this time in the Sports mode. The car just stuck to the road. Felt like the suspension was made of solid bars but it just held.
Lastly there was a driving skills show by Russ Swift. This guy was mental. He holds 3 Guiness World Records for :-
- Parallel parking in the tightest space (33cm bigger than the length of the car)
- J Turn in the tightest space
- The fastest 'do-nuts'
He took us in the car and performed some of the manouvers for us like the J turns, parallel parking & the reverse parking without using reverse gear
All this with a spot of lunch and light refreshments. What a quality day
P.S. go out and buy a new Golf GTi They're feckin' mental
For a map of the place click here --> Millbrook by MSN Maps