Blindfolded racer laps NZ track in Volvo S60

Piloting a car around a race track is a hair-raising experience, requiring a good deal of skill on the driver's part. Taking away one's vision increases the complexity of the task several times over.

Piloting a car around a racetrack is a hair-raising experience, requiring a good deal of skill on the driver’s part. Taking away one’s vision increases the complexity of the task several times over.

We recently had the pleasure of doing some blindfolded driving exercises at the launch of the revised Toyota Kluger. It was certainly an interesting experience for both driver and navigator, but we didn't even come close to attempting what New Zealand racing driver Jonny Reid did in this latest promotional video for the new Volvo S60.

Reid's lap around Hampton Downs racetrack near Auckland was apparently done without the aid of any lane-keeping assistance technology to hold the vehicle in bounds. Neither was it some sort of leisure cruise around the circuit.

The Kiwi driver managed a best lap of 1:28.38, a respectable time for this track, and hit a top speed of 193km/h all the while blindfolded! For reference, the lap record at Hampton Downs is 1:01.846 in a Formula Toyota and the speed record of 287km/h was set in a Suzuki motorbike.

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".

The video below is the neatly edited version of Reid's blindfolded lap in the S60. Underneath that is an interesting behind-the-scenes video.


Via CNET US

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