On the Track with Lamborghini Gallardo

     If you’re into super fast sports cars, Lamborghinis are probably very familiar to you.  In Cancun, Mexico, I got a rare chance to ride in a cool yellow Lamborghini Gallardo, driven around a race track by a race driver.  This was at a place called Exotic Rides Mexico.  There were a lot of cars to choose from, including a couple of Ferraris, but I decided to go with the Gallardo.

Lamborghini Gallardo

The Lamborghini Gallardo is a smaller car than I expected.  I look bigger than I am next to it in the pictures.  For a small car it really packs a punch.  They give you the option of driving the car yourself, but I was too young to drive myself, unfortunately.  Instead, I got to ride in the passenger seat with a professional driver at the wheel.  I was told he was a NASCAR driver, and he raced around the track like one. The driver took me three laps around the track, through many tight turns and quick straightaways.  At first the acceleration and sharp turns were making me dizzy, but I got used to it quickly and thoroughly enjoyed the ride.

Lamborghini Gallardo Engine

     The engine was overwhelming.  I could really feel the power coming on nicely with the roaring exhaust system, that would emit a lot of noise.  A V10 engine powers this Gallardo, and it has 560 impressive horsepower and 397 foot-pounds of torque.  This Lamborghini does 0-60 in 3.7 seconds.  That is amazingly fast.  Top speed is really high even for a sports car, at 202 mph.
     On the track, this car performed amazingly well.  This car seemed to just master the tight corners without any sign of difficulty.  Steering and cornering work very well, with excellent grip on the turns.  Occasionally, there would be some tire squeal while drifting in some corners of the track.  The car shifts very nicely too, through its 6-speed automatic gearbox.  Paddles could also be used if you wanted to shift like a stick-shift.  The shifts were very smooth, going from one gear to another in rapid succession.

Lamborghini Gallardo

     In the end, this ride was really worthwhile experience.  I was exhilarated by the moves and the power of this tiny monster.  I literally had the time of my life.  This was my first time on a race track, so I got a great kick out of just being on a race track.  It was a breathtaking thrill ride I’ll never forget.  For 95 dollars, this was worth the money.  One day, I hope to go back to Exotic Rides and take this car for a spin in the driver’s seat.
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