Ten cylinders at full song behind me, a quick glance at the speedometer lets me know that I'm barreling down the banked straight at 140 mph. That's about the moment I realized that the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 was still pulling.
I find myself behind the wheel of this quarter-million dollar supercar, not because I've won the lottery, but rather because I've been invited to the California Auto Club Speedway to participate in the Ultimate Lamborghini Experience. The Ultimate Lamborghini Experience--or Lambo Day, for short--is an on-track experience for Lamborghini owners organized by Al & Ed's Autosound. Since I didn't have a Lambo of my own, Lamborghini of Beverly Hills was kind enough to supply a Gallardo LP560-4.
I didn't get an opportunity to test out the Gallardo's electronically limited 202 mph top speed, because the California Speedway was configured to show off the Lambos' handling (and to keep us inexperienced drivers safe) with its twisty infield course. Had it been left in its NASCAR oval config, I'd have been able to go a lot faster. However, I did get a taste of the sub-four-second 0-60 time and the fantastic braking and handling the Gallardo brings to the track.
Owners brought their Gallardos, Superleggeras, and Murcielagos, some stock and some wildly modified. Check out the gallery for more pictures of shiny Lamborghinis and driving impressions.