Well, I turned the big 4-0 this year. I figured I have to do something fun and Las Vegas came to mind. My brother, Mike, and I spent 3 nights in Vegas and took Saturday to go out to the Exotics Raceway where you can take some exotic cars out on the track.
The whole thing takes about 2 hours. They register you and then you have a half hour briefing. From there, you get two discovery laps in groups of 3 or 4 as the instructor takes you out on the track in a Porsche Cayenne. You then get a helmet and wait your turn to hit the track in the car you picked (some cars are more per lap than others). I had 5 laps in a Lamborghini Superleggera LP570 (looks kind of like a Stealth fighter, sorta):
Lamborghini Superleggera LP570n
Engine: 5.2L V10
Gearbox: 6-speed E-Gear
Power: 570 hp at 8,000 RPM
Torque: 539 Nm
Top Speed: 202mph
Acceleration: 0-60mph in 3.4s
Market Value: $265,000
That’s the fastest car they had there. It was pretty sweet to say the least. The interior was more comfortable than I expected even though that car is meant for the track (not the road) and most of the "niceties" have been stripped out. It’s paddle shift. The paddles stay in place and don’t turn with the wheel – unlike other paddle shift cars I’ve driven but that makes sense. You don’t want to shift and upset the balance of the car when the tires are not straight. The V10 engine is computer controlled and the car takes care of downshifting for you – so no double clutching required – nice! With that kind of power, we were only really shifting from like 4th down to 3rd and back up to 4th again once we got onto the track. There was definitely a wide range of power to work with.
As I drove, the instructor was barking out commands but what he said made sense and I was glad he did that. He was good. I passed two cars out there and the straightaways were really fun as you got to just floor it. I think it got up to 110 or more but you could hardly tell in that car. I think going something like 50 in that car would really feel like you’re going nowhere.
Here’s the video of the experience which has a camera at the top of the windshield (so it’s close to the view I had) and an inset video of me driving it. The instructor is barking out commands of what to do, which was helpful. I’m pretty sure that the 2nd car I passed (orange Lamborghini) was my brother:
It was really fun. A good experience. I’d do it again but I’d definitely want to do 10 laps or more – for sure!
The photo gallery: