A jet flight with GM's ex-chief, Bob Lutz
Top Gear's mag boss is taken for a spin by a true captain of the industry...
Posted: 19 Dec 2011
We pull up hard, child's play for an ex-fighter pilot, somewhat other-worldly for a soft civilian. The plane climbs effortlessly, the horizon snaps over and, as we approach the bottom of the loop, the g begins to build. And build. Gurning desperately, I'm being squished into the seat, but as we begin to level out the g decreases. My sweats don't.
"You OK?" comes Bob's calm voice - I have noticed he's asking me this question a lot.
"Erm. Might need a bit of time to recover from that one..."
"Sure. Tell you what, let's take a closer look at the GM proving ground: can you see over on the left the section we developed that directly copies elements of the Nürburgring? We built it when we were developing the CTS-V."