The track is located at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and getting there is easy, as there is a free shuttle directly from the Aria Hotel to EXR Racing.
Immediately upon arrival, the place exudes professionalism. At your initial check-in you confirm the car or cars you want to drive, provide the requisite personal information and sign a liability waiver. The prices were reasonable, and there were no sneaky add-on expenses. The price to book a Porsche 991 GT3 or Ferrari F43 F1 for five laps (10 km) was $299, and for 7 laps (14 km) was $349. My wife and son decided that I had to try out the Ferrari F43 F1 for 7 laps. The guy standing in line beside me was there to drive eight different cars.
After a short wait, we were called into a classroom where an instructor spent 30 minutes going through various track diagrams and driving techniques to reach maximum speeds on the course. We were provided detailed instruction on how to properly negotiate tight turns and how to safely pass the other drivers on the track. It was clear that they really wanted you to drive these cars as hard as possible.
After the class, we were fitted with helmets and assigned a personal race instructor. The instructor assigned to me was perhaps one of the most engaging drive instructors I have ever worked with. He exuded enthusiasm, and you felt pumped up about getting on the track. The instructor explained the various controls on the car, such as, how to properly use the mega-cool paddle shifters on the Ferrari. A great deal of time was taken to ensure that your seat position and arm position were perfect. Once ready, I started the Ferrari’s engine. The sound of that engine was indescribable when it roared to life.
Slowly I pulled the Ferrari out of the park bay and entered the track entrance. I had to wait for a McLaren 570S and a Lamborghini Aventador to drive by before getting the green light. My instructor told me to gently floor it, and I did. The car took off like a bat out of hell, making the most beautiful engine noise I have ever heard.
The track experience was phenomenal. Being paired with a professional racing instructor who intimately knows the car and the track was educational. The instructor provided continual feedback to me as I tried different acceleration techniques. I received coaching on vehicle control during heavy braking, advise on where to look on the track while in a turn, an maintaining control while drifting. All of the coaching was with a view to get me through the track in the fastest time possible. These cars were not intended to be molly coddled by the drivers. The whole time I was on the track, I either had your foot to the floor, or I was standing on the brakes, trying not to wipe off the track before a sharp turn. I was impressed by the track conditions. Overall, the track is well maintained, so inadvertently throwing the Ferrari into a four-way drift was a piece of cake to control.
If you are looking for an opportunity to drive a supercar on a racetrack with professional coaching, this is the place to go. Driving a supercar on a racetrack is an unforgettable experience.