September 28, 2023

What is the one goal attribute all vehicles could be measured by to separate the great autos from the nice ones? Pace! At its core, a lap time encompasses extra than simply the power to go quick. It additionally encapsulates a automotive’s cornering, braking, and accelerating skill and embodies a automotive acting at its peak limits—all bundled into one neat little metric. That is exactly how we consider Lightning Lap contenders every year to find out which autos rank forward of the pack. As you could know, we divide the vehicles into 5 courses, LL1 by LL5, based mostly on worth to guage the autos within the fairest method doable. Then it is time to hit the monitor.

Coming October 19

For the previous 17 years, we’ve got 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 pace. This 12 months, we’re providing our readers the chance to hitch us at VIR and see every thing that goes into Lightning Lap testing firsthand. Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 19, since you will not need to miss this!

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Observe editors trackside as they go for the very best lap occasions, chat with editors in regards to the testing course of, get a close-up have a look at the Lightning Lap contender autos, get pleasure from 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 might be printed within the February/March 2024 concern of Automotive and Driver, however attendees who be part of us at VIR will get a sneak peek at lap occasions months earlier than the difficulty is printed. Spots are restricted for this unique editorial expertise, so do not wait to register. We hope to see you on the monitor this October.

For extra methods to expertise Automotive and Driver editorial testing, try our invites to Automotive and Driver’s 10Best, plus Street & Observe’s Performance Car of the Year.