Ding! The GT-R's traction control and automatic all-wheel-drive systems kick in as the rear wheels start to skid outward. With skill, I could have used such oversteer to rotate the car into position through the tight right-hander that followed. But even with the angel controls switched to "race" mode, the computer takes no chances with my abilities. "Maybe next time, champ," it seems to say as it buttons up my power slide with a seamless torque shift to the front wheels. After a few practice laps, I've been able to enter those turns faster than I'd normally dare, and get on the gas quicker to exit with speed. I found myself pushing harder, braking later, going into turns hotter and making it through without spinning out. It's a good start – like learning the trapeze over a net the size of Connecticut.