Jordan Taylor says his first impression of Supercars hardware was 'a bit of a shock' following his Triple Eight test in Queensland today.
Taylor took part in the Red Bull-backed squad's Evaluation Day at Queensland Raceway, sharing driving duties in the brand new ZB Commodore with T8 mechanic and Super2 regular Kurt Kostecki.
The test came after Jordan, who is involved with GM in the States, visited the Newcastle 500 in the hopes of securing an enduro drive last November.
While the IMSA star says he enjoyed the experience of driving the factory Commodore, he admitted afterwards that it was a bit of culture shock.
“It was a good experience to get my first taste of a Supercar, I got a good feel for it and it leaves me wanting more," he said.
“My first impressions were a bit of a shock; it’s a lot different to the cars that I’m used to driving, obviously, being from the States with a Prototype and GT background where we have the paddle shift.
"So then when I come here and experience the Supercar and see that it’s only the right foot and the hands, and still having to use [a gear lever] and clutch was a big lesson.
"I was very much looking forward to the experience and the day surpassed all of my expectations in positive ways – I loved the experience of driving a Supercar.”
Taking part in the evaluation day means Taylor is no longer eligible to race at this year's long-distance races. However, he says he's still hoping to turn his decade-old interest in the sport, and contact list fuelled by former engineer and now Aussie-based consultant Charlie Ping, into more seat time in the future.
“My interest in Supercars initially began about 10-15 years ago when I first started following the series as a fan and I would always play V8 Supercars on my video games," added Taylor.
"I enjoyed the driving style and old school style of it.
"Then a few years ago one of my engineers from America moved out here to work in the Supercars and he’s been telling me ever since that it’s just as good as I would have thought and has been pushing me to make a trip out here.
"I came out to the Newcastle 500 weekend last year to meet people and that’s what led to today – I hope it leads to more driving in the future.”