My fiance and I recently took a trip to Disney, and as a Christmas present, she bought me an "experience" at the Exotic Car Driving experience in Orlando, Florida. I will talk briefly about what it is and how it works and then focus the majority of my time on a "tip" that will hopefully help you make a good choice and save you a little money.
So the basic set up is you get to drive a "supercar" around a "race track" for however many laps you pay for. They have some Ferraria's, Lambo's, and Audi and a Porsche to pick from. The standard package is six laps. You do not get to drive by yourself. You have an instructor with you, giving you advice/assistance in the passenger seat. He/she does not have a brake but they have a controller they can push to dial back the horsepower available to the engine to slow you down if you are not listening/being dangereous.
I think you can sign up for a morning slot or an afternoon slot. I had a morning slot, so I think we arrieved at 8am and for at least 60 mins, maybe even 90 mins, we watched a video and got a "driver brief" the majority of which was pretty much unnecessary and unhelpful. Then you head outside to the cars, get a helmet, meet your driving instructor and figure out when it is your turn to drive. You might have to wait a while.
All four cars are lined up and they all go out at basically the same time. You pull up to the start line, in a line, and the cars take off one at a time (single file). Then the next car pulls up, waits for like 20-30 seconds and then takes off...so forth and so forth. Although all the cars are on the track at the same time, you are NOT racing. You may NOT pass anyone on the track without permission and only in designated areas, when told to do so by your instructor.
So that is pretty much the process. You can pay extra for your picture and a in car video of your drive. I think everyone, for free, gets a print out of their lap times, speed, etc.
Now for some tips. The biggest decision is car choice. Based on my experience the day I was there, the Ferrari and Lambo were top choices. Only me and one other guy drove the Audi, and maybe one guy drove the Porsche. The Ferrari and Lambo are the most expensive...very expensive. The Audi is 3rd most expensive and much more reasonable and the Porsche is the cheapest.
Now here is a fact...for 98% of the people that will do this, you are only paying the extra money for the Ferrari/Lambo just to say you drove the car. You will not go any faster or likely notice any difference in the car. It is not the cars fault, as in different conditions, you would go faster or notice the difference. Rather, it is the way the track is set up. The track is set up to keep you at reasonable speeds, no matter what you are driving. It is unlikely that most drivers will get above 120 mph, and even if so, not by much.
There really is no true straightaway. You have one, long, banked turn where you can really push the car, but at the end of this straight/banked turn, you have to make a hard, 90 degree turn right, so you have to basically come to a stop almost. And then you solomen through a bunch of turns likely around 40 mph, and then back to the one straightaway/banked turn. So, the Ferrari isn't going to really go any faster or act any different than the Audi or even the Porsche for that matter, because of the course. If you put a professional driver in all the cars, let them run 5 or so laps in every car, the difference in laps would be minor seconds, and top speed difference would be minimal as well.
So, from a "driving experience" I think you are wasting your money on the Ferrari or the Lambo compared to the Audi or the Porsche, which I think are 50% less. And keep in mind, the Audi has 500 hp!!! I went with the Audi and it was a great "driving experience" choice and also good value for money. The Porsche will save you even a little more, but the Porsche does have only 300 hp I think and there are lots of stock, cheap sports cars that have that, that you could likely drive in your everyday life. And the Porsche is only rear-wheel drive. The Audi is all-wheel drive, which gives you a little more security. But even with the Porsche, I think you will have an outstanding experienc and likely be able to achieve very comporable speed and lap times.
So what I am saying is save your money and choose the Audi R8. It is a legitimate super car, extremely easy to drive, and very fast/capable, and you'll save I think 50% over the other cars. Also, you'll likely waste less time because everyone else is paying for the Ferrari and Lambo so you have to wait longer to drive. Less people sign up for the Audi and Porshe, so you can get on the track right away.
One last tip. Although I can't speak for the Porche, all the other cars have two shifting options. You can put them in automatic, and the car shifts for you like any other car. If you put it in manual, then you are shifting with the levers on the steering wheel...no clutch, no shifting nobe to go through the gears. No I grew up driving a manul and think I am pretty decent at it, but I have never really driven a manual that has no clutch (on the floor) and just paddles, and the concept is different and makes me think/look to much. So, I just put the car in automatic and let the car do the work while I focus on driving only. Don't be too manly to make this choice. You will enjoy yourself more and shifting yourself is not likely to make you faster. In fact, you are just as likely to screw it up and be in the wrong gear.
I think that is pretty much it. This certianly is not a cheap "experience" but I loved every minute of it, and it is likely a once in a lifetime experience, and for that paying $250 or whatever it is for the Audi R8 is worth it.
One last tip, if you happen to be active duty military, I'd mention that to them, or a Disney season pass holder. I think you get extra laps. I am active duty military and I got an extra lap or two and that was really nice.
How long this process takes just depends on how many drivers there are in front of you. The day I was there only two people were driving the Audi, and I asked to go first, and I was done by 10:30am or so. Once you get in the car it doesn't take long at all. But if there are 4 or 5 drivers on a car, you could be waiting around all day.
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