Watch Lightning Lap Drivers Tell Us Their Favorite Moments from 2023’s Event


Sure, we all love watching each of the contestants in this year’s Lightning Shot make their way around the 4.1 miles of the Grand Course at Virginia International Raceway. But have you ever wondered what goes on in the heads of the drivers? That’s what these videos explore.

Like last year, we sat down with each of the drivers from this year’s Lightning Round and watched their fast lap videos. Think of it like directorial commentary, only at 165 mph on the front straight in the case of the Lamborghini Huracán Technique. You’ll hear what each driver thought while on track and some of the challenges they faced, from tire availability to seat adjustments.

Dan Edmunds explains how years of suspension development help judge how much containment the Subaru WRX can take. Also: How to remove the shift knob from a Volkswagen GTI at 100 mph.

preview for Lightning Lap 2023 Driver Commentary: Subaru WRX and Volkswagen GTI

Dave VanderWerp tackles tire issues we’ve had with the Hyundai Kona N and Elantra N, as well as the challenges of getting a decent lap time from an EV like the BMW i4 M50.

preview for Lightning Lap 2023 Driver Commentary: Hyundai Kona N, BMW i4 M50, BMW M240i xDrive, Toyota GR Supra Manual

David Beard covers the difference between the Audi RS3’s standard tires and the incredible grip provided by its optional Pirelli P Zero Trofeo Rs.

preview for Lightning Lap 2023 Driver Commentary: Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing, Audi RS3, BMW M4 CSL, Lamborghini Huracan Tecnica

KC Colwell set the fastest time this year in the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and the slowest time in our long-term Kia Carnival, which we ran with six occupants on board.

preview for Lightning Lap 2023 Driver Comment: Mercedes SL63, Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS, Chevrolet Corvette Z06, and a Kia Carnival?

Finally, Tony Quiroga describes the differences between driving the Toyota GR Corolla Morizo ​​​​Edition and the Honda Civic Type R.

preview for Lightning Lap 2023 Driver Commentary: Hyundai Elantra N, Toyota GR Corolla and Honda Civic Type R

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