If you told me a couple of years ago that one day I’d get the opportunity to not only travel to Germany, but also drive super fast cars at the Porsche Driving School, there’s a good chance I’d just look at you like you had three heads. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I’d get to embark on the amazing adventure I had just a few days ago at Electronic Arts’ Need for Speed: Most Wanted preview event in Leipzig, Germany.
Now I can’t share with you my thoughts on the game just yet — you’ll have to come back next Friday, October 12th for the full preview — but what I can discuss is my experience at the event. Sure, the long journey to Leipzig took a lot out of me, but when GameRevolution’s Daniel Bischoff and I got to hit the race track at the Porsche Driving school and sample a number of the different sports cars, the adrenaline that began to pulse through my veins gave me just the boost I needed.
After zipping around the track for a good hour or so, we were directed to the off-road line of Porsche vehicles, which are capable of some pretty remarkable stuff. We scaled steep inclines, drove over incredibly rocky terrain and trekked through water and mud all with ease thanks to these remarkably impressive vehicles. In fact, the car is fully capable of driving itself down steep inclines — I literally was able to let go of the gas and brake and let the car do all the work. So very awesome.
Then, after lunch — I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the incredible flan they had for dessert — the professional drivers took us for a ride around the speed track to show us just how powerful the cars really are. I’m still amazed that I was able to keep my lunch down after getting thrown around at every twist and turn. Needless to say, I felt like a pretty lousy driver after seeing what a real pro can do. You can get a taste of what my experience was like by checking out the video below.
The following day, we were given a tour of the factory where all of the cars are assembled. The detailed and super complex process really makes you appreciate how much work goes into making one of these cars. It’s no wonder these vehicles bear price tags that virtually equal that of a small house. I must confess, I’m not the biggest car fan out there by any means, but I definitely gained a new appreciation for these super cars.
Oh yeah, and we played lots and lots of Criterion Games’ Need for Speed: Most Wanted. As I mentioned earlier, I can’t get into the details just yet, but be sure to check back here next Friday to read our full preview of the game. In the meantime, let us know what you think of my high speed racing clip in the comments below. Daniel and I managed to hit 148 km/hour during our time on the track.