Six Amazing cars against Andalucia
Six amazing cars and two days of thrilling driving staged against the spectacular backdrop of Andalucia, Spain. Yes, this can only mean AQVA Driving Experience. The event allows the tyre giant to showcase its ultra high performance tyres, fitted to an intriguing blend of fast cars. Jaguar’s drop-dead gorgeous drophead F-TYPE, joined by two Americans – the game-changing 100% electric Tesla Model S and the iconic Corvette C7 Stingray.
A Teutonic trio made up the pack – a Porsche Macan S, Mercedes CLA 45 AMG and a BMW M4 cabriolet. Our base was the renowned La Cala Golf Resort, Mijas, which boasts not one, but three 18-hole championship golf courses. Less than 30 minutes from Malaga airport, it’s perfectly positioned for the Costa Del Sol and stunning Andalucia inland.
ENJOY YOUR SUPERCAR IN FRENCH RIVIERA
In two days, we drove for some nine hours over more than 300 miles. It wasn’t a race, just a series of carefully researched routes, using public roads – and all the usual rules. This gave us time to enjoy the drive through classic towns, villages and jaw-dropping scenery, the highlight of which was Ronda, famed for its stunning views and the deep El Tajo gorge that carries the rio Guadalevín through its centre. We also drove up to the El Torcal Park Nature Reserve (el Paraje Natural de El Torcal) – the most geologically stunning of all of Andalucia’s natural parks. Instantly recognisable thanks to its bizarre limestone rock formations, it was under the sea until 100 million years ago.
A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE
The AQVA Driving Experience allowed you to test a few cars I’d never driven before – most notably the Corvette Stingray. With its enormous 6.2-litre V8, the Stingray was a surprisingly relaxed car to drive and at the speeds we reached, it was barely possible to get the manual gearbox into seventh. Like all the cars available to you, it’s also capable of brutal performance – 0-62mph in 4.2 seconds and a top speed approaching 200mph.