Jonny Reid hot laps Hampton Downs in Volvo S60 – blindfolded! (+video)

So you thought it was pretty hardcore that time you drove at night without your lights turned on just to freak-out you’re mates – well that’s nothing compared to this.

Former NZ A1GP driver Jonny Reid has recently put a brand spankers 2011 Volvo S60 through its paces at full speed around Hampton Downs Raceway. While this usually wouldn’t be anything out of the ordinary for the 27-year-old pro driver, he did it at full pace and totally blindfolded. That’s right, he couldn’t see a thing. Hey, we were suspicious at first too, but after seeing the videos below it all appears fully legit.

According to the promotional event’s organisers, it took Reid a few attempts, but in the end, he not only didn’t smash up Volvo’s latest machine, but also achieved a lap time of 1:28 with a top speed of 193km/h.

A Volvo spokesman said, “He was guided only by the feel of the car, his knowledge of the track, and co-driver Earl Bamber’s voice.” Full credit to Jonny Reid, while it’s a fairly gimmicky promotion it must take some bottle to drive full speed blindfolded. Earl Bamber’s co-driver role takes some serious kahunas as well.

The new 2011 Volvo S60 looks sharp in the clips to find out more about the car click here to visit the Volvo NZ website and check back for more news when it’s officially launched later this month.

Check out the videos below, they’re well worth it.

Blindfolded Test Drive

Making Of The Drive

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