Having been a motoring journalist for more than 12 years now, I’ve done my fair share of track driving. I’ve also done a number of advanced and high-performance driving courses, yet almost every time I get behind the wheel and am facing down the pit lane, my heart starts to race, I almost always have to remove a piece of clothing due to overheating and my palms start to sweat.
Driving on a track requires intense concentration and a basic knowledge of track rules, but most importantly, it demands that you have as much fun as possible. And the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S is just the car to facilitate the kind of fun you are required to have. It has a 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine that produces unstoppable performance figures of 375kW of power and 700Nm of torque, so it will get you to 100km/h in just 4.0 seconds (in the sedan version).
The thing about most premium cars is that they come equipped with the technology to keep you safe, even under the most challenging of situations. It is this that makes driving the C 63 S on a track so confidence-inspiring. But because I’m a bit of a daredevil, I switched off some of the safety systems, such as traction control, just to feel the rear of the car swing out a bit when cornering at high speeds. There is nothing quite as exhilarating as drifting around a corner on a track.
I was also very happy to beat a few of my male colleagues in the drag racing section of the track day. They weren’t as thrilled. But being one of very few females in this industry, it gives me quite a kick to look back and see the look on the male faces behind me as I tear down the track.
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