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Anyone Drive An Exotic?

Quicksilver's question about attending a racing school kind of brought up another question for me. Anyone go to one of those events where you can take some laps in an exotic?
I don't think the timing will work for me but there is one coming up at the National Corvette Museum Motorsports track in Bowling Green KY. 2 mile track with lots of turns and nice straightaway.
You can drive a single car or buy a package. Example is the Track Attack which gets 3 laps in a GT-R and 3 in a Porsche 911 GT3 for $399 plus insurance. O the Podium Package for $799 plus insurance. Ferrari 488 GTB, Lambo Huracan and Porsche 911 GT3.
Yeah, sounds expensive on the surface but for less than the price of a speeding ticket, you get a chance to not only drive, but drive flat out some seriously expensive, seriously fast cars. They also have some drive fast training classes available down at NOLA. For someone that has never been on a track (but some serious street racing in my younger years), sounds like a blast.

Have a friend that got a free session (vendor paid) in a Lambo at Las Vegas that sounded great. Real hard to judge from him though. He is a rather nervous person who putters around the mountain roads of eastern Ky and for him it was a terrifying experience with the ride along instructor telling him to hit the brakes harder, hammer down harder coming out of the curves etc. He couldn't believe the car would take those curves as fast as they were going. What terrified him sounded like a rush to me.
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Quicksilver's question about attending a racing school kind of brought up another question for me. Anyone go to one of those events where you can take some laps in an exotic?
I don't think the timing will work for me but there is one coming up at the National Corvette Museum Motorsports track in Bowling Green KY. 2 mile track with lots of turns and nice straightaway.
You can drive a single car or buy a package. Example is the Track Attack which gets 3 laps in a GT-R and 3 in a Porsche 911 GT3 for $399 plus insurance. O the Podium Package for $799 plus insurance. Ferrari 488 GTB, Lambo Huracan and Porsche 911 GT3.
Yeah, sounds expensive on the surface but for less than the price of a speeding ticket, you get a chance to not only drive, but drive flat out some seriously expensive, seriously fast cars. They also have some drive fast training classes available down at NOLA. For someone that has never been on a track (but some serious street racing in my younger years), sounds like a blast.

Have a friend that got a free session (vendor paid) in a Lambo at Las Vegas that sounded great. Real hard to judge from him though. He is a rather nervous person who putters around the mountain roads of eastern Ky and for him it was a terrifying experience with the ride along instructor telling him to hit the brakes harder, hammer down harder coming out of the curves etc. He couldn't believe the car would take those curves as fast as they were going. What terrified him sounded like a rush to me.
I’ve done it before here in Vegas. Drove a GT-R and R8. These were on the lower end of the package prices.

It was a lot of fun. The GT-R was fast down the straight, but very heavy compared to the R8. The R8 was an absolute rocket ship and felt amazing through the corners. Two things that I didn’t necessarily like (but I understand): 1) all cars were automatic utilizing paddle shifters and 2) in the R8, the instructor had his own brake pedal on his side of the car and I remember him using hit a bit.
Like I said, I understand both of these, especially the second one as who knows what kind of wack jobs are going to show up in that car ready to overdrive.

I highly recommend the experience.
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Will definitely check into the Bowling Green session. Iíve never had the opportunity to drive an exotic. I did have a customer bring me his cobra 427 in for oil change, check everything over. I thought it was a factory five car. Got to looking and saw the CSX tag and I about fell over, real 427 car in my shop. After getting it all buttoned up he threw me the keys and said take your son for a ride!


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I took my wife to a driving event at a local track affiliated with a casino, we both drove the Lamborghini Gallardo. I only did the 3 lap package since I didn't know what to expect, but if I did it again, I'd do the 7 lap. Absolutely worth the price of admission.
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Will definitely check into the Bowling Green session. Iíve never had the opportunity to drive an exotic. I did have a customer bring me his cobra 427 in for oil change, check everything over. I thought it was a factory five car. Got to looking and saw the CSX tag and I about fell over, real 427 car in my shop. After getting it all buttoned up he threw me the keys and said take your son for a ride!


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I had a missed opportunity once. We have a local dentist who has owned 427 Cobra kit car (with real 427), a Pantera and Porche 911 with the Ruff conversion (2011 mph). Sometime about 1993 or so he brought the 911 in for me to install a phone kit. I drove it around to the garage, an adventure in itself because it had a very stiff, instant grab clutch with very little sound deadening and ear splitting engine right behind me (not sure how he intended to hear the phone!).

When he came to pick up the car I jokingly told him I had been tempted to take it around the block and see what it would do. He matter of fact told me I should have, it was a blast to drive. DANG! He didn't however toss the keys back to me and go for it...ha ha.
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I did this a few years ago at Sonoma Raceway for a work related event. The track was limited to our group and a company was hired that brought in a Z06, Audi R8, Ferrari F430, Lambo Gallardo and a Porsche TT. An experienced driver was in the passenger seat and cones were set on the course for entry, apex, and exit. Instructor let folks go as fast as they were capable. The only limitation was a max of 3 laps at a time before you had to turn over the car to another driver. It was explained that after 3 laps, folks get to comfortable and start to push the boundaries. All the cars were great but the Ferrari was "the" track car that day. Great suspension and plenty of power for the track. Felt like I was on rails. Really enjoyed the Audi as well and would be my choice if I was buying one for daily use. Lambo was the only car that scared me a little. Always felt on the edge of losing it even when driving less aggressive than the other cars.
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Porsche has two driving experience centers, one in Atlanta next to the airport and one in Carson, CA near LA. Everything from the Boxster to 911 GT3s, and off-road Cayennes.

https://www.porschedriving.com/

The Porsche Track Experience is in Birmingham, and is the driving school.

Full disclosure, I work for Porsche in Atlanta.
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Porsche has two driving experience centers, one in Atlanta next to the airport and one in Carson, CA near LA. Everything from the Boxster to 911 GT3s, and off-road Cayennes.



https://www.porschedriving.com/



The Porsche Track Experience is in Birmingham, and is the driving school.



Full disclosure, I work for Porsche in Atlanta.


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We went to Dream Racing in Las Vegas and rented , for my 17 year old , a Ferrari F430 Scuderia . 7 laps was about $400 .
My kid managed to pass 3 other cars in those 7 laps . They run you thru a driving simulator of the track .
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The ex was always into Ferraris (and I prefer Lambos), and there was a thing going on near Chicago to drive them, and I offered it to her, but since she can't drive a stick, she declined. Didn't even want to do a ride-along. Her loss.
I've considered it a few times, but passed because of the price tag. Maybe in the future sometime.
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Iím going to get a chance to drive a Ferrari 488 next month at Dominion Raceway. Very much looking forward to it.


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So you can get us discounts

You obviously don't know Porsche very well


However, if you come to Atlanta for some track time, I'll be happy to give a tour of our Experience Center, the Classic Workshop, Heritage Gallery and treat you to lunch (if I am in town).
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Way back when before I moved down here I'd come to town I'd rent exotics. The most common then were a Diablo, Countach or a 348 Spider. These days there is quite a bit more variety. There are McLarens and a wider selection of Ferraris. There are four or five exotic rental joints in town. It's not cheap but it's good fun. Plus there are two purpose built tracks to rent and drive exotics. https://speedvegas.com/ and https://www.dreamracing.com/
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Not a sports car exotic but . . . .

I drove an XM-1 for a while at Fort Knox. It was the experimental version of what became the M-1 Abrams battle tank. The test units had just changed to a new track, and needed lots of mileage. So, with no governors on the tanks, the top speed we could get was 83 mph in a 60 ton vehicle on flat smooth surfaces. Try going that fast at night using night vision Allegedly one guy hit 90 on pavement down a long hill, but 83 was my top.

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A few years ago, for my birthday, my wife got me a Ferrari driving in experience in Maranello. We were going to be in Italy for vacation, so she bought me the driving experience and a ticket to the museums in Modena and Maranello. I drove an F430 Scuderia around the town and past the Ferrari factory. It was an amazing experience. Since we were on public roads I didnít get to drive too fast, but I think I got it a little over 100 mph.
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