Decided to take the Volt to the shooting range. I didn't fit a gun rack in there, but with one rear seat folded down, it holds enough stuff to make any "prepper" proud.
The range near me is 15 miles of twisty mountain roads away. I know the road reasonably well, having made dozens of runs in various high performance cars over the years. This is a shared use road (bikes and motorcycles) so 10/10ths is not advisable, but plenty of fun at 7/10ths. My expectations for the Volt were very low.
Against these low expectations, I was very pleasantly surprised. Tires are terrible and howl like banshees when pushed even slightly. And the car understeers worse than a fat Audi. But, with traction control off, you can safely play at the limits of adhesion and use that L/Sport Torque to roll on the power very precisely out of turns. Almost-- Kind of--- Fun.
I closed in on a sporty looking Infinity G37S at a decent Delta-V, but noticed that he was right behind a slow pickup truck. As the truck pulled over to allow passing on a safe straight, I made a move to pass both of them. But the G37 driver was having none of it and squirted ahead of me as I also passed the truck. Needless to say, I closed the gap and stayed with him through some more twisties (admittedly with a lot more screeching from my tires-- but otherwise little drama). When he finally let me pass, it did not take long for him to disappear behind a few turns.
I think here, "knowing the line" makes up for a lot of HP and handling, but it was still fun to dust him in EV mode shortly after he scoffed at me....
It will be fun to get the Volt in an environment where limits can truly be tested. The smooth TQ powering out of slow turns is really nice (but have to turn off the nannies to play properly).