Rayomand Banajee set out in this extreme machine and came back to the pit lane with a huge grin. He stated that the bunch of electronics on this car allows it to stick to the intended line around bends with minimal slack. This inadvertently gives the driver immense confidence to push the limits and extract some quick lap times. We pulled out the data from our VBox and it confirmed that Rayomand lapped the MMRT in 1:54.42 seconds, the fastest lap time recorded at the 2018 CarWale track day.
Time for me to feel the R8’s wrath now. I cannoned into C2 off the pit lane like Thor struck his hammer, and winded up doing the corner like it was a joke. This of course gave me the strength (and adrenaline) to go faster around C3 which was also conquered relatively easily. However, it kept ringing in the back of my head, and will sound crazy to you, that the ride quality was so much plusher than the brutal Ameo cup car. Yes, despite being a thorough race-track bred car.
While at it, the R8 gripped the road like it had some adhesive prank up its sleeve and much of that credit goes to the trick Quattro AWD which shoves more torque to the rear when the front-end begins to break free. As I floored the throttle while exiting C3 and thundered down the long stretch that leads into C4, my lifelong achievements flashed in my brain-ware threatening to end abruptly.
And almost instantaneously, I braked more than required in an effort to regain psychic strength. Now, with less pace than intended carried into the bend, I ended up understeering through C4 and C5! Yes, you heard it right. But I devilishly smiled at myself. “So it’s geared to understeer when taken easy and oversteer when pushed to the limit”, I told myself. Knowing what to do next, I immediately weaved my right foot to attack the long C6 and C7 so that I can swiftly apply what I just absorbed. “Be more aggressive”, I told myself all throughout the long curve as I accelerated briskly thanks to the confidence I gathered.
And by now, my pride-swollen chest was so large I could give a bouncer a run for his money. But I hadn’t much time to revel over this, and before I knew it, I was shuttling towards C8 which I knew was tricky curve since it gets tighter real quick towards the exit. Despite my heart pounding away, I mustered some courage to gas it and the R8 immediately obliged with a tinge of extra tyre squeal before clearing C9 in a hurry on to the straight once again.
As I approach my most challenging C10 “the bowl”, my conscience makes an evil plot. With so much grip, AWD traction and a steering that performs best when pushed, why not stick to the inner apex and not go wide? So, I gather whatever’s left of my guts from who-knows- where, and throw the R8 on the inside of the entire C10. It turns, turns, grips, turns, grips, and then suddenly, what I never expected happened. The rear broke free! Of course, in a split second the electronics reeled it back into formation, but it was a revelation while it lasted. If you think we headed to the pits after this, you’re wrong!
I instinctively relayed to our shutter bug Kapil Angane that we again should go around the C10 for a clearer shot, and Kapil gladly obliged. Both of us enjoyed going about our so-called jobs, getting drenched in our own adrenaline, and listening to the V10 singing away in the background. Big boss Vikrant Singh sniffed out the ongoing high-decibel drama from the pit-lane and eventually showed up to find out what we were up to. But by then, we were just about done. Or were we?