How to Drive a Supercar, by Lamborghini Instructor Richard Antinucci
These cars are low to the ground, so sit low. Put the seat forward and lean back. You will get better field of vision. Remember that because you’re low, bigger, higher cars may not see you. You are in the exotic car, and you are the minority. The majority are tall, bulky cars; they’ll only hear you. It’s supposed to be loud—that’s what you pay for.
There is no manual clutch; supercars are automatics now. What’s the point? Humans are trying to simplify everything. Making things more efficient makes things safer. So you can get in the car, turn it on, and go for a drive. You can override the automatic mode at any time by clicking the paddle shifters: the right paddle to shift up, the left paddle to shift down. You can shift anytime you want, but to get the most out of the engine, the most torque for any given RPM, shift right before the red line. In most cars, that’s around 4,000 RPM. In a Lamborghini, it’s right before 8,400 RPM.
Raise the suspension to clear a speed bump or a curb cut, otherwise you’ll scrape the front. You never want to hear that sound—when you’re in a car that costs $400,000, you really don’t want to hear that sound.
If you get a flat, call your insurance or the rental car company. There’s no spare tire, but there is a pump in the trunk you can use to reinflate your tire enough to get you to a gas station. The trunk’s in the front.
Inside, it can sound cheap and tinny. To keep the weight down, there’s no cushioning. A Ferrari can sound like it’s made of Legos.
Don’t turn off the traction mode. If you’re a very, very good driver, you can go faster if it’s all the way off. Otherwise, driving with it off will probably kill you. These are powerful cars. A really good car will want you dead just a little bit. Drive within your limits. — As told to Janet Paskin
• Antinucci is a driving instructor for Lamborghini.