Track Report: Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch

By Brandon Turkus

February 22, 2012

Pretty often we’re lucky enough to log some time on great tracks, both in the US and abroad. To share that experience with you all, we’re going to start to document the outings with videos and track notes. We’ll do our best to keep our line clean, too. For more racing news and info, be sure to “Like” the Winding Road Racing Facebook page.
 
Track: Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch, West Track
 
Location: Pahrump, Nevada
 
Vehicle: 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
 
Date: February 14, 2012
 
Conditions: Partly sunny, cool, breezy
 
When we tested the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe, we mentioned we were at the Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch, in Pahrump, Nevada, roughly an hour west of the Las Vegas Strip. With multiple track configurations, including kart-specific setups, Spring Mountain is a gearhead’s paradise. Track distances range from 3.4 miles for the full course layout, to a half-mile for the smallest karting layout.
 
For our drive in the Genesis, we’d be running the 1.5-mile loop (the blue portion of the track in the lead image). This ten-turn course was tighter and more technical than the other configurations, and resulted in a lower overall speed. There was a decent amount of elevation change, and we were particularly enamored with first right-hand turn we encountered on entering the track (called “The Drop” on the track map). With a dramatic elevation change mid-way through the turn, you could easily load up the suspension and play around with grip levels. There were a number of late apex turns that, as you can probably tell, caught us out as the cameras were rolling, with turn six being one of the toughest. (Schumacher and Vettel we are not).
 
We recorded both the 2.0-liter, turbocharged Genesis Coupe R-Spec, and the 3.8-liter, V-6-equpped Track model around Spring Mountain. Enjoy!
 
Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T R-Spec
 

 
Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track
 

 
Pretty often we’re lucky enough to log some time on great tracks, both in the US and abroad. To share that experience with you all, we’re going to start to document the outings with videos and track notes. We’ll do our best to keep our line clean, too. For more racing news and info, be sure to “Like” the Winding Road Racing Facebook page.