Audi Sport Drive day Philip Island Grand Prix Circuit – Late last year I had the privilege to attend an Audi Sport drive day at Philip Island Grand Prix Circuit.
This coincided with the launch of the upgraded Audi RS6 Avant Performance and RS7 Sportback Performance models.
On the day I got to drive an RS3 on the skid pan, trying but failing to perfect drifting and slides. It was huge fun though and shows two things. How good the little RS3 is and having fun in a controlled environment is always better.
On the track I drove the latest RS e-tron GT and the RS6 Avant Performance.
It was an eye opener to the differences between the EV and turbo V8 engines. The RS e-tron GT was blindingly quick off the mark and with its wide track and instant torque, it powered its way around the track.
RS6, was my pick for the day
The RS6, however was my pick for the day. There really is nothing better than that deep V8 burble, the exhaust notes under acceleration and the blips as you change down gears. The aural experience adds to the driving experience immeasurably.
The benefit of the drive day was that I could push my boundaries on the track, with one-on-one guidance from the instructor in the lead car.
When I started to think I was doing okay, all I needed to do was realise that the instructor was cruising ahead of me keeping an eye on me in the mirror and talking through a two way radio correcting my line and braking etc, all while driving at race speeds.
Ive done a number of these style of days over the years, and I cannot recommend enough that if you are keen to experience what a car can really do on a race track, the the Audi Sport drive days are first class.
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