We drive the 2012 US GP circuit
F1 heads to the Circuit Of The Americas this weekend. But they’ve got TG's lap time to beat…
Posted: 19 Nov 2012
So in the name of research and thoughtfulness, I thought I'd give them something to aim at. A lap record. It might be a rough road, but all the corners are here, and it's exactly the right length. All I need is something rapid and robust. Something like a Hennessey VelociRaptor, a supertruck based on the Ford F-150 Raptor, with a 6.2-litre V8 turned up to 475bhp and suspension that could ride over a bungalow. So the call is made, the Vraptor arrives, and the gates swing open. Let's go.
From the makeshift offices we rumble out to the start/finish line, which someone has just drawn in the dirt. There's no grandstand, no garages, just the layout of the track etched into a colossal dustbowl. From here, it shoots uphill, rising 40 metres to a crest followed by a sharp left. Turn One.