Super Street Network

Due to the EU’s Global Data Protection Regulation, our website is currently unavailable to visitors from most European countries. We apologize for this inconvenience and encourage you to visit for the latest on new cars, car reviews and news, concept cars and auto show coverage, awards and much more.MOTORTREND.COM
 |   |   |  Learning to Track a Lamborghini Aventador (w/video)
Subscribe to the Free

Learning to Track a Lamborghini Aventador (w/video)

We participate in the Lamborghini Esperienza driving experience

Sean Russell
May 9, 2014
Photographer: Automobili Lamborghini America

Lamborghini Esperienza Details:

  • All-day track experience with instructors
  • Pro racer instruction | Multiple driving exercises | Plenty of seat time
  • Open lapping using 700hp Lamborghini Aventadors
  • 2014 Auto Club Speedway event opener featured | 5 North American stops this year

See GoPro Track Lap video on 2nd Page

A Lamborghini at speed on a racetrack is undeniably a thing of visceral beauty from afar, but get the opportunity to drive one yourself and prepare to hold a grin for weeks after.

Lamborghini Aventador 6 Photo 2/111   |   Lamborghini Aventador 6

This was our experience after receiving an invitation to the 2014 season-opening Lamborghini Esperienza North American driving experience at Auto Club Speedway, CA. It’s here where a grid of flagship $397500 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 supercars awaited the anxious attendees.

Lamborghini Esperienza Auto Club Speedway 070 Photo 6/111   |   Lamborghini Esperienza Auto Club Speedway 070

This is what dreams are made of. Words can’t begin to describe what this spectacular all-day Lamborghini driving experience provides, which is why you’ll find multiple videos and photos below.

Lamborghini Aventador 13 Photo 7/111   |   Lamborghini Aventador 13

Apart from straight-lining a Gallardo, I’d never pushed a Lamborghini around a road course prior to this event – let alone an all-wheel-drive, naturally aspirated V12 beast that puts out 700hp and 507 lb-ft of torque.

Lamborghini Esperienza Auto Club Speedway 090 Photo 11/111   |   Lamborghini Esperienza Auto Club Speedway 090

Featuring a rear/mid-engine layout, the 3472 lb Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 is 198 lb lighter than a Murcielago and capable of reaching 0-60mph in 2.9sec, with a top speed of 217mph. Yet it was surprisingly easy to manage, even though it’s the strongest powerplant ever built by the brand. But before being handed the reins to one of the most sinister supercars on the road today, proper instruction was skillfully provided.

Lamborghini Esperienza Auto Club Speedway 053 Photo 12/111   |   Lamborghini Esperienza Auto Club Speedway 053

Lamborghini Esperienza begins with a morning briefing and multiple driving exercises that include slalom, braking, acceleration and instruction on optimal racing lines.

Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder Performante 7 Photo 16/111   |   Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder Performante

After a full breakfast, staff usher you into a well-designed portable classroom where details of the cars, racing programs and what’s-to-come are explained. Attendees are then broken into instructor groups that run sequentially throughout the day. Three of the four Lamborghini Esperienza instructors were from Italy, which made it feel and sound very authentic.

Lamborghini Aventador 8 Photo 17/111   |   Lamborghini Aventador 8

The 1.45-mile Auto Club test track featured 13 turns and two straights. We spent part of the morning with the aforementioned exercises before a gourmet lunch was served. Then the real fun began.

Lamborghini Esperienza Auto Club Speedway 095 Photo 21/111   |   Lamborghini Esperienza Auto Club Speedway 095

The Lamborghini Aventador highlight was multiple sessions of open lapping behind a much faster driving instructor who communicates via walkie-talkie clipped to the passenger seatbelt. Push harder and the race instructor will pick up the pace to a safe limit – thank god for traction control!

Lamborghini Aventador 14 Photo 22/111   |   Lamborghini Aventador 14

Each attendee leaves with knowledge of Lamborghini vehicle operation, track driving techniques and with dozens of laps under their belt.

While the brand new 2015 Huracan wasn’t present at the first 2014 Lamborghini Esperienza event, the company plans to have it at future events, although a carbon fiber-clad Gallardo Spyder Performante edition was present as compensation.

Lamborghini Aventador 18 Photo 26/111   |   Lamborghini Aventador 18

The bold design of landmark Lamborghinis of the past, such as the Countach and Diablo SV, were backed up by brutal and unforgiving power. The Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4, however, is equipped with an assortment of cutting edge assistants to keep the near half-million dollar investment under your control. In automatic Sport mode, its acceleration was lightning-fast from a standstill. The howling engine acoustics under wide-open throttle made me weak at the knees. Switch into manual Corsa mode and each paddle shift on the seven-speed ISR gearbox engages in just 50-milliseconds. That’s a shifting speed close to an F1 car.

Lamborghini Esperienza Auto Club Speedway 034 Photo 27/111   |   Lamborghini Esperienza Auto Club Speedway 034

Past its blistering acceleration, the real eye-opener was the rate at which its carbon fiber monocoque came to a stop. Experienced during the 0-50-0mph brake test, applying full pressure to the massive brakes slows its carbon-ceramic rotors at what seemed like an almost cartoon speed. It was amazing and confidence-inspiring when later trying to improve my lap pace.

Lamborghini Esperienza Auto Club Speedway 043 Photo 31/111   |   Lamborghini Esperienza Auto Club Speedway 043

By the final session, I’d become comfortable with the Aventador and focused on improving my racing line. Traction control intervention meant you felt there was almost no chance of ever spinning out, removing the fear of the lifelong debt that would be incurred by scarring the supercar on the crash barriers. While the Aventador will push through a corner or step out on exit after applying too much gas, dare I say it’s “easy” to drive at speed?

Lamborghini Esperienza Auto Club Speedway 096 Photo 32/111   |   Lamborghini Esperienza Auto Club Speedway 096

Believe it or not, at 6’3” I didn’t feel cramped in the cabin. Driving this fearsome vehicle would make you forgive a detail such as lack of headroom, though. On exterior design and power alone, any shortcomings of the Lamborghini Aventador would be quickly silenced.

Lamborghini Esperienza Auto Club Speedway 067 Photo 36/111   |   Lamborghini Esperienza Auto Club Speedway 067

Lamborghini Esperienza is a taste into a wonderfully addictive world of supercar track days. It’s an unforgettable experience and one that allows you to experience these cars in their natural environment: the track.

Deciding to feature the flagship Aventador, Lamborghini has showcased how much easier it is to control its massive power. As scary as it may sound, technology made the 700hp V12 very manageable in the hands of a heavy-footed enthusiast.

Now I just need to see if the loose change dropped behind my sofa cushions amounts to $400K. Fingers crossed!

Full 2014 Esperienza schedule and gallery on next page!

Lamborghini Aventador 5 Photo 40/111   |   Lamborghini Aventador 5

Lamborghini holds multiple tiers of driving schools, starting with Lamborghini Esperienza for vehicle owners and prospective buyers. Registration is required at an authorized Lamborghini dealer. Beyond Esperienza comes the more intense Track Accademia, that can lead to competing in the one-make Super Trofeo series, if you wished. For the first time, a North American Accademia event will be held at Laguna Seca in September.

2014 Lamborghini Esperienza Dates:

  • New Jersey Motorsports Park: 5/13 – 5/16
  • Autobahn Country Club: 6/17 – 6/19
  • Texas World Speedway: 10/21 – 10/24
  • Homestead – Miami Speedway: 12/2 – 12/5


Lamborghini Esperienza Auto Club Speedway 045 Photo 41/111   |   Lamborghini Esperienza Auto Club Speedway 045
Lamborghini Esperienza Auto Club Speedway 005 Photo 111/111   |   Lamborghini Esperienza Auto Club Speedway 005
By Sean Russell
143 Articles



A motor-head Madi Gras of epic proportions
Andrew BeckfordApr 19, 2019
An invite-only, Formula D-run tandem elimination exhibition that gives GP attendees just a tiny taste of what a top-level, FD pro drift competition looks like
Bob HernandezApr 18, 2019
At the 2019 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Historic Motor Sports Association brought out a handful of those classic imports to take part in the weekend's Historic IMSA GTO Challenge
Bob HernandezApr 18, 2019
Sponsored Links