Have you checked out Proving Grounds yet? The brand-new TV show, co-hosted by Road & Track's own Sam Smith alongside NASCAR driver Parker Kligerman and champion sports car racer Leh Keen, is a hoot, bringing vintage-inspired fun to the traditional TV car review format.
Case in point: The test track. Rather than a typical landing-strip layout that's only entertaining when the reviewers are massacring tires for oversteering antics, the Proving Grounds track throws in some real-world challenges. Speed bumps? They've got 'em. A parallel-parking box to test maneuverability? Yup. There's even a swerve zone to simulate how you avoid wildlife, complete with a herd of dummy deer. (Yes, that's redundant, because all deer are dummies.)
And Proving Grounds isn't just testing million-dollar supercars. The track is built to show the strengths and flaws of any vehicle. This isn't just a horsepower or grip event.
Watch Keen illustrate that as he hustles a Taurus-based Police Interceptor around the track. The cop car's suspension handles full-throttle speedbumps no problemo. But how does it fare in the rest of the testing? Watch for yourself below. Proving Grounds airs on Sundays on NBC Sports, immediately following coverage of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff.