To test this vehicle, a group of journalists was flown to Willow Springs race track just North of L.A., and plopped into the car on the Big Willow track. Big Willow is a nine-turn, 2.5-mile road course that is best defined by it's long, sweeping, slightly banked turns. There's only really one section of the track that can be described as "tight," and as a result there's a ton of potential for speed here.
- Turn One: A slightly banked high speed 90-degree left-hander.
- Turn Two: A double apex sweeper that was counterintuitively best taken right in the middle of the track. Exiting too wide put us in a notable amount of gravel, and the SLS Black is not a rally car.
- Turns Three and Four: This was tricky, and one person went off track here. You have to brake hard and get back on the throttle as you climb the hill. Just as you turn in for turn four, you start going downhill, and the rear of the car can get light. I usually got a smidge of oversteer coming out of turn three.
- Turns Five and Six: Setting up this fairly fast left and even fast right hander really sets the stage for the rest of the track.
- Turn Seven: This is a test of courage, more than technique. It's just enough of a corner to make you think that taking it flat out could be a bad idea, but in reality, it's a really good idea.
- Turn Eight: This is the longest and most steeply banked turn on the track. Smooth steering input, a good line, and gentle throttle modulation make all the difference.
- Turn Nine: It's really tempting to brake harder than you have to here, after the speed and tension of turn eight, but a late turn-in and a decent entry speed means that the straight that follows will be full of intoxicating acceleration.