I was contemplating on doing this but finally made up my mind a week before my trip to Orlando. I've been a fan of Ferrari for quite some time and always wanted to get a feel for its power and Italian craftsmanship. They email you a few documents which you need to print and bring with you before you get behind the wheel. I was a bit worried because I didn't have access to a printer but they have the forms available to fill out when you get there so don't sweat it. They sit you down for a small class instruction explaining the track and what to expect etc. Shawn was the one conducting the class. He is quite the comedian especially when he tells you the sad news. The sad news is that you do not get full control of the car. The driver who goes along with you has a switch which can dial down the amount of power the car puts out. They put the dial on 10% when you leave pit road. It has barely any juice at all but this does disable you from burning the rubber off the tires.
Keep in mind that the Ferrari is not cheap. It costs $429 + the $35 release fee and applicable taxes. The price comes down to about $70 a lap. The first lap shouldn't even count since you are getting a feel for the car. The major beef I had with the drive was you don't get a lot of time in the car. You first get your photo with the car. You sit down and get right back out until it is your turn to drive the car. After you are fitted with a helmet they bring you up to the car and away you go. This is a very fast process. You don't even have the thrill of pressing the push button start. These cars are run hard all day and are constantly running. There really is no instruction except proper seat adjustment and paddle or auto. You really do not have a lot of time to appreciate the interior and learn about the features and get photo opportunities etc.
The drive itself is a thrill and the instructor does tell you to either "maintain speed" or "more gas"..It took me a few laps to really get a feel for the car and what it was capable of. You are also driving a 200k+ car and do not want to crash it into a wall so it's easy to be nervous.
All in all, it was fun. They offer a plaque with your two photos for about $70. A jump drive containing data and video of your laps is also offered for $85 or so. I declined the video and went with the plaque. How often will you view your laps anyway? Shawn mentioned that it provides hours of comic relief to the staff. Would I do this again? Only if they were running a promotion. It is, however, a very unique experience and if you have had your heart set on driving a Ferrari or a Lambo then do not hesitate and book it! There are not many locations where you can drive a super car.
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