Racer takes Volvo S60 for blindfolded test drive

Kiwi racer Jonny Reid puts the Volvo S60 through its paces while wearing some very odd headgear.

Kiwi racer Jonny Reid puts the Volvo S60 through its paces while blindfolded.
Kiwi racer Jonny Reid puts the Volvo S60 through its paces while blindfolded. Volvo

Expertly piloting a car around a race track is a hair-raising experience requiring a good deal of skill on the part of the driver. However, even without the skill in place, most licensed drivers could at least make it around the track in a production car (however slowly) without making a total mess of things. But could you do it while blindfolded? New Zealander and racing driver Jonny Reid could and did in this latest promotional video for the 2011 Volvo S60.

Reid's lap around Hampton Downs Raceway in Auckland, New Zealand, was apparently done without the aid of any lane-keeping assistance technology to hold the vehicle in bounds and it wasn't some sort of leisurely cruise around the circuit. The Kiwi driver managed a best lap of 1:28 (a respectable time for this track) and a top speed of 119 mph, all while blindfolded! How did he do it? According to Volvo, Reid was "guided only by the feel of the car, his knowledge of the track, and co-driver Earl Bamber's voice."

Check out the video below to see Reid's blindfolded lap in the S60 and be sure to check out this behind the scenes video for more information about how it was done.

 

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