A Petrolhead's Perfect Day-Out.
Here at RollHard, we’re a bunch of car guys who love everything automotive from stupidly low modified to high performance track cars, you name it, we’re all over it. That’s because we’re petrolheads - car culture is in our veins so we’re never too far away from car-related fun.
We're an eclectic mix of individuals and whilst we don’t profess to be the best drivers on the planet, we’re definitely competitive, read: what we lack in skill we more than make up for in determination.
We figured that even the Lewis Hamilton’s of this world have room for improvement and for a while we had talked about booking a track day so we could hone our driving skills away from public roads safely out on track. Practice makes perfect and all that.
With a current lack of track-ready cars among the RollHard fleet we decided that our next best option was to find a company with “rolling-stock”, letting us get out on track and behind the wheel of something properly track-focussed for a change.
Drift Limits, Hertfordshire.
As a result, this had us researching options, leading us to the perfect solution; Drift Limits in Hertfordshire. A quick call to the guys at Drift Limits revealed that they have three tracks available, including drift tuition, which sounded exactly what we were looking for, so we got ourselves booked in for a day out on track at their location in Bovingdon near Watford, each of us fancying a go in their new flagship track-weapon, which was mentioned to us over the phone. Needless to say we were pretty excited.
The guys at Drift Limits have a seriously cool line-up of cars ready to enjoy out on track, it's like real life Forza. Their garage line-up is constantly changing but includes the following:
- Dodge Viper SRT VX
- Ariel Atom 300
- 68′ Ford Bullitt Mustang
- Nissan GTR
- Lamborghini Gallardo
- Aston Martin V8 Vantage
- Audi R8
- Porsche GT2
- Bentley Continental GT
- TVR T350c
- Fast & Furious Toyota Supra
- Fast & Furious Nissan Skyline R34
- BMW M3
- Mitsubishi EVO X
- Subaru Impreza WRX STI
With a great selection of cars available the Drift Limits team are able to provide packages to suit everyone. As mentioned, we wanted to drive the new Drift Limits flagship car, which turned out to be an absolute hell-raiser…
McLaren MP4-12C GT3.
On the day, the weather stayed dry but was still a little damp as a result of some early morning rain. The car we would be taking out on track was their recently purchased McLaren MP4 in full GT3 competition spec, we were both nervous and excited about the prospect of taming this beast around the short but sweet Drift Limits “Bomber” circuit.
The MP4-12C GT3 is powered the McLaren “M838T” engine, which was developed for several applications including an outrageous 727 bhp version for the P1 and other lesser powered versions for the 675LT, 650S and current 540C/570S models.
Whilst the road-going MP4-12C puts out a healthy 592 bhp, the Drift Limits’ GT3 version is “detuned” to 493 bhp in order to comply with GT3 FIA competition rules, but the GT3 is lighter, more aerodynamic and completely focussed on track duties, so it’s quicker in every way than the road version.
The Drift Limits MP4-12C GT3 has some pretty cool motorsport history attached to it, having won the Dutch Supercar Challenge Championship in 2013 and the UK GT Cup Championship in 2014, this scarily quick McLaren carries proven competitive pedigree.
In addition to its’ 2013 and 2014 successes, this very GT3 competed in numerous Britcar events and returned to the GT Cup Championship in 2017 with Jetstream Motorsport, taking 15 wins from 22 races which included 21 podium finishes.
The car was then exported to eastern Europe which is where Drift Limits tracked down the car with a view to adding it to their impressive fleet of track cars.
Having not been long in Drift Limit’s ownership, we, RollHard, were being given the chance to take it out on a damp track, what could possibly go wrong?
The answer is, aside from a few butt-clenching moments, nothing… thanks to expert briefing and in-car tuition, the Drift Limits gang looked after us brilliantly and really got us enjoying this amazing McLaren.
With each lap we gained confidence behind the wheel and whilst the MP4-12C GT3 was an absolutely brutal piece of machinery, it was a driving experience that built self-assurance and rewarded conviction.
Our day at Drift Limits was an incredible opportunity to drive what can only be described as a dream car for us. The feeling of being behind the wheel of such a finely balanced and powerful track-car was an absolute joy and will not be forgotten in hurry.
The Drift Limits team do things differently, because they keep things simple, allowing visitors to really enjoy learning how to handle a high-performance cars out on track. For us, the damp weather kept things interesting and taught us valuable driving skills, which is never a bad thing.
We can’t thank the Drift Limits team enough for their hospitality. We will definitely be back again soon. Get in touch with them if you fancy doing the same, or you’re stuck for Christmas present ideas for the petrolhead in your life, we can’t recommend Drift Limits enough…