A couple of weeks ago AMF got a call from American Le Mans driver Kyle Marcelli (Intersport Racing team) for an opportunity to capture an entire track day at the always beautiful Mosport International Raceway, more specifically the Grand Prix 3.9km road course. Unlike other lapping days that I’ve attended, this day boasted an array of exotic machines from across the globe and a variety of drivers ranging from novice to experienced.
American? Italian? German? What’s your pick for a dream track car? The beautiful selection of vehicles present at the track day ranged from a few Corvette Z06s a very rare Ferrari 430 Scuderia to a slew of Porsches including a GT3RS and the underdog Nissan GT-R (R35).
Le Mans series Canadian driver Kyle Marcelli striking a pose against the Mosport pit wall and as always, with a smile. I wonder if he still smiles with his helmet on during race day?
Leading into the first corner after the long front straight was this black Cadillac CTS-V. It’s not everyday you see a Cadillac on a race track let alone a rare CTS-V version, but packing a Corvette V8 under the hood makes it a viable weekend warrior.
This Porsche GT3RS had me gawking all day with the best racing-inspired livery from any factory. If there’s one thing Porsche does great, it is building race-spec vehicles likes this and still able to be daily driven.
For domestic fans, how about this Dodge Viper ACR? Whether or not it was knocking down seconds per lap is uncertain, but the sound of the massive V10-engine was thrilling. Without wondering when the next car was coming around the bend, all I had to do was keep my ears open and hear the rumble to know that the Viper was only seconds away from appearing.
This Porsche sporting a Rothmans racing livery sounded great, but unfortunately didn’t last the entire lapping day. It is uncertain as to what happened, but during the end of the day it had a one on one interview with the wall at corner 3. Thankfully the driver was safe without injury, but the same could not be said about the Porsche.
Lunch time was great complete with delicious hamburgers, sausages and an assortment of salads all made with a pinch of love by the folks at Mosport.
The elevation change heading to corner 4 just under the Continental Tire bridge made for some great photo opportunities. A blacked out Porsche GT3 being chased by a yellow Corvette Z06 and Porsche Boxter.
This line up of cars about to hit the double corner at 5 were all back-to-back. First is the Porsche 944 (Rothmans Porsche racing livery), then an Aston Martin V8 Vantage, a 9th generation Honda Civic Si and lastly a Corvette Z06.
Exiting at 5b during the following lap is the Aston Martin chasing down the Corvette. British V8 vs. American V8 engineering, I wonder which is better? One is high-revving while the other has loads of low-end torque, but both put down massive power and that signature 8-cylinder sound that everyone loves.
A nice chase just off the 5c corner exit heading up hill to corner 6 and onto the Mario Andretti Straight, quite possibly the best part of the track to see the power used from these race car like machines. In this shot, a Ferrari 360 Spider (400hp) is about to be taken over by a Dodge Viper (600hp) followed by the F430 Scuderia (515hp) and GT-R R35 (485hp).
On the following lap both the Ferrari 430 Scuderia and the Nissan GT-R R35 were hunting down the big V10 powered brute of the Dodge Viper. Unfortunately for the Viper, both the 430 Scuderia and GT-R were engineered to be serious contenders on the track and by the following lap it showed – even with being down 85hp+ from the big American muscle.
The Ferrari 360 Spider was doing great throughout the lapping day, although the fact that it’s a convertible would have me scared behind the wheel. It’s always refreshing to see a Ferrari being put through its paces on the track, where it belongs!
The weather was perfectly warm and sunny, the track conditions were ideal and the very best of automotive engineering were all at once place. A big thanks to all the participants who came out with their beautiful machines to hit one of the most technical and legendary tracks anywhere in the world. Shout outs to the entire staff instructing and keeping the day going smoothly, but also to Kyle himself for giving AMF this opportunity and granting us exclusive coverage.