TTAC Track Days With Jack Baruth Episode 1: Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track
Finally, our long-promised video series makes its debut, with our very own Jack Baruth at the helm, doing what he does best; [s]bullying PR people into paying his obscene room service bill[/s] putting today’s sports cars to the test on a closed circuit.
For our first episode, we took a Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track model to Toronto Motorsports Park, as well as a certain vehicle from “Brand P” to use as a baseline. While we were there, we ran in to a few “exotic” machines that cost far more than our humble Hyundai, but didn’t exactly perform any better.
We’re hoping to do further installments of the series. For now, enjoy Jack and his questionable wardrobe choices.
Thanks to Hyundai Canada for providing the car (which is known as a 3.8GT in the Great White North), and Chris Blanchette for his amazing video production.
Thanks to everyone for the help and suggestions... we have a long list of things to do better. The "out of breath" thing is, I think, a function of where we had to place the microphone. We will fix and I will pay attention to how my vocal delivery affects the mike, I liked the idea of running a stopwatch-worthy lap while casually chatting about the car. It didn't work as well as I'd hoped. The Betabrand Golden Hoodie may not return... something else is on the way. I can't get any better-looking or less squeaky-sounding, unfortunately :) Everything else we can fix.
Jack, I was thrilled to see this series getting underway. But my enthusiasm was dampened by your comment about 'Girls'. Comparing the weight of the car with someone you'd rather not see naked, no matter your intent, comes across as sexist and degrading. I think you're an outstanding journalist, and I know you can do a whole lot better than that. One can be playful and still respect women, as your other pieces show most certainly. It took a lot of strength for me to not turn off the video once I heard that comment. I think this series is a great idea and well-made, and look forward to the next installment.
That engine did sound good, but the suspension looked poor. It appeared to be porpoising. I know you want some weight transfer to the rear wheels (RWD), but the front looks like it starts to wash-out with power understeer exiting corners. Even the best tires won't grip with no weight on them. It's almost as if the wheelbase was too short because they put a big heavy powerful car on too small of a platform, but the wheels are practically at the corners of the car already. Did anyone else notice that, or am I overestimating the pitching?
You're getting some good advice on how to improve production value for the next video. I'd have your team take a look at the Chris Harris' Drive videos, especially the one on the Mercedes Benz SL series, which are the best I've seen of these kind of videos. couple more points: 1)I agree that you can edit down what you say - have a transcript done of everything you say in the next shoot and I'm sure you and the editor can cut the next one so you say what you want to say more succinctly and clearly 2) you can either talk cogently to the camera or drive at 120mph but probably not both at the same time 3) Fix the issues with the wireless mic by driving slower or perhaps using a wind shield thing over the mic itself 4) drop the weak jokes but keep the gold jacket. It's the sartorial equivalent of your lime Audi