Every track day seems to somehow surpass the previous one. Even though, I’ve been to a couple of these before, it’s always amazing to go back because you just never know what kind of car you’ll run into.
These Circuit of the Americas track days turn into one of the coolest car shows you could go to as an auto enthusiast for those of us that aren’t out actually racing.
I mean, where else could you see a Porsche 918 Spyder that almost costs a million dollars and is one of the most technologically advanced hybrid ever built!
But let me back up a bit.
Before you even get to the track, you can actually wander around in the parking lots for a long time which in itself can be your own personal car show.
Little did I think that I would see a BMW i8 in person for the first time in the parking lot behind the pit garages at the Circuit of the Americas!
I also ran into a brand new 2015 Mustang. This was the first time I laid eyes on one and I have to say that I really liked how it looked except for the wheels. Ford, even after all these years, still hasn’t figured out how to make better looking wheels.
Luckily, for Ford, there are plenty of aftermarket wheels out there that would complete the look of the otherwise beautiful Mustang.
The insanity that occurs at the Circuit of the Americas track days are quite ridiculous. There must have been millions and millions of dollars of cars there. In one pit area, I stumbled into four, that’s right, four McLaren MP4-12C. I’m sure one brake pad on a McLaren is worth more than my current car.
That being said, there were some “regular” cars out there.
Although most cars at COTA are typically high-end performance vehicles and exotics, you can actually enjoy a COTA track day with a Mustang or a Civic, both of which probably cost less than replacing a wheel on the 918.
The combination of the different engines and exhausts all out on the track at the same time sounded quite amazing. This was actually a better aural experience than the F1 race. It was like a harmonious symphony of all different kinds of engines and exhausts – the best kind of music there is!
There are a whole host of pictures to feast your eyes on, courtesy of Jason Bollenbacher. Here are all of them – enjoy!
Perhaps, one of these days I’ll get participate in one of these track days. But for now, I’m perfectly fine just admiring all these cars from afar. This is truly the ultimate car show.