I finally got out and tracked the AWD today with 3 Balls Racing here in Michigan at Grattan Raceway. I have a few impressions from the onset. First off, I know that a Lincoln is not your ideal car for a track day. It's a luxury car- far from a track day car. I did a total of 40 laps. Biggest issue is brakes. The oems bake right off the car after 30 plus laps. I took it easy where I could but I brought the car out to see what it was capable of.
Down the straightaways, you could easily hit 120-125 mph, but once again, the brakes are not designed for these high speeds. Totally understand. The transmission spends a lot of time hunting for the proper gear in Auto/D mode. In sport mode, you get the same issues. In 4th gear, I was able to get up to 116-117 before it seems to hit the limit of speed.
I ran the first 2 sessions with the track control one. Last 2 sessions, I turned the AdvanceTrac and traction off. The times picked up about 9 seconds - i didn't have to worry about the systems stopping power to the wheels of course. Cornering is pretty good but the Michelin's were hooting and howling, there is some grip there but a nice set of Summer or Sport tires would make the ride better and provide more grip. Back to cornering, with throttle off entering the cornering, as soon as you get back on it, there is huge hesitation from the engine and transmission. As I exited turn 1 into 2 at Grattan,after 3-5 laps, as I WOT, there was absolutely no power. Its like the car couldn't comprehend what was happening.
The car has great potential down the straightaways, corners, etc. Something I would recommend if your thinking of tracking near you. Brakes- upgrade them, invest in a Tuner- Like Livernois and great tires. Other than that, I had fun between runs in my other car- running this car around that great track. You can find my fast lap video here
Note: I ran down some modded Toyota's, BMW's, Suburas, and I kept some Race Miata's at bay but they killed me in the corners but on the straights, I could hold my own- In a Lincoln.