Are there any speed tracks left?

Discussion in 'Tracking & Driver Education' started by kenb, May 8, 2017.

  1. kenb

    kenb Rookie

    Jun 29, 2014
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    Ten years ago or so, you could go Nevada and take your car out on a closed highway for some high speed experience and excitement. It looks like everything has now been shut down.

    Does anyone know of a track where you can get a car up to 140-180 mph? I have some cars and motorcycles I'd like to take out and see what they can do and experience the feel of the car or bike as the designers expected it to be like.

    (Whipping and sliding and braking and up and down shifting the car around a track is not what I'm looking for, already have that on the vacant canyon roads.)
  2. jealva

    jealva Rookie

    Sep 27, 2007
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    COTA is a great track and the back straight gives you plenty of room to get up to 150+.
  3. LBBP

    LBBP Formula Junior

    Dec 8, 2014
    Concord, TN
  4. FastLapp

    FastLapp Formula 3
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    I hit about 140MPH in a stock Honda S2000 at Road Atlanta. 458 will probably top out around 170 there. VIR probably similar top speed.

    There's plenty of oval tracks where you can reach those types of speeds.
  5. GuyIncognito

    GuyIncognito Six Time F1 World Champ
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    Willow Springs, or California Speedway (in it still called Auto Club Speedway?).

    on the east coast, Road Atlanta, Sebring, Daytona, VIR all have big speeds on the straights.

    or do one of the closed course mile races, (Mojave Mile in CA, TX mile mentioned above) or something like the Virginia City Hill Climb, Silver State Classic, etc
  6. 356racing

    356racing Formula Junior
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    I believe you are referring to open road "race" events. The Silver State Challenge is still going on in Nevada 2 x per year and the Virginia City Hill Climb once per year. As mentioned earlier, the Texas Mile and also the Sun Valley Road Rally if you want to travel a little further.
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  8. gatorgreg

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  9. gw32

    gw32 Rookie

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    I did the Virginia City Hill Climb 3 yrs. ago in my CLS 63 AMG. I hit 130 on the last straight at the top of the hill. A 458 should do 150. That said, my times were fast that a lot of Ferrari's. It's at altitude so na cars will lose hp over turbo cars like the AMG. I highly recommend it. I was going to do it again this yr., Sept 16-17, in my Scud but my son is getting married that weekend so can't.
  10. Jorligan

    Jorligan Karting
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    Road America
  11. Ky1e

    Ky1e Formula 3

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    Tampa, FL
    If you are in a Ferrari many (in fact the majority) of the tracks will enable you to go faster than 140 mph. For example I go faster than 140 mph in my Cayman at Sebring, Daytona, Homestead, Road Atlanta, VIR, Watkins Glen, Road America, COTA, etc.

    That said I dont find straight-line speed that crazy, scary or fun compared to high speed corners.
  12. raider1968

    raider1968 F1 Rookie
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    I did 186 at Road America - that's the fastest - too bad there was a left turn lane at the end
  13. ProCoach

    ProCoach F1 Veteran
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    Ah, Turn 5!
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  15. GuyIncognito

    GuyIncognito Six Time F1 World Champ
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    what Ferrari? 186 is IndyCar speed.
  16. testajohn

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    Germany :)

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  17. JG333SP

    JG333SP Formula 3
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    Maybe it was Joe Walsh's maser. My bad, that only does 185
  18. It's Ross

    It's Ross Formula 3

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    Yes, but shouldn't turn 1 be an even faster entry?
  19. CCRider66

    CCRider66 Formula Junior
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    Turn 5 your going down hill, Half the run to turn 1 is uphill.

    BTW anyone here going to RA this Friday or Saturday? I'll be there!

  20. Smiles

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  21. Mitch Alsup

    Mitch Alsup F1 Veteran

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    I have driven into turn 1 at TWS at 162 MPH in my F355.
  22. Andrew D.

    Andrew D. F1 Rookie
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    Mosport is a fast track. The back straight can be scary fast. A couple of Canam cars became airborne there
  23. TZ 750

    TZ 750 Formula Junior
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    As mentioned above, the Texas Mile
    offers 1.0 mile "acceleration runs."

    At one time, when the event was in
    Goliad Texas, I held the track record at 251.134mph
    for the standing start mile..........
  24. Ky1e

    Ky1e Formula 3

    Mar 4, 2011
    Tampa, FL
    I'm going to Mosport/ Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for the first time -leave tomorrow thru Sunday for a PWC event. I hear it is fast and old school! Looking forward to trying it for the first time.

    Cool! What car? Was that the Underground Racing Lambo?
  25. Rosso328

    Rosso328 F1 Rookie
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    Good luck up there Alan. I'll be tuning in to watch!

    But be careful, that's a track that looks simple enough, but it can bite!
  26. Joeyung

    Joeyung Karting

    Mar 9, 2011
    Will that be televised, if so, when?
  27. TZ 750

    TZ 750 Formula Junior
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    Jul 18, 2009
    OH, I can't afford a car that fast.

    It was just a Suzuki Hayabusa..........

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