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Ferrari 458 Italia

Ferrari 458 Italia

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For Christmas last year I bought my brother (and I) one of those exotic car experiences you see advertised everywhere.  What stuck me about this one was that it was at our local Thompson  Speedway and wasn’t an autocross style event. It was lapping the car of your choice around the full Thompson road coarse.

The TSMP Exotics experience is part of the overall Circuit One offering. At Thomspon you have three supercars to choose from: a Ferrari 458 Italia, Lamborghini Gallardo LP-550, and Mercedes SLS AMG.  The websites advertise it as an 1 hour driving experience….in reality it was nowhere near that.  Basically, the package is for 6 laps around the road course with an option to upgrade up to 12.  My brother and I upgraded to the 12 and split driving duties.  The day starts with classroom based instruction to go over the basics and discuss the track layout (my brother and I have raced here before). A instructor rides along with you and you set out to follow a pace car.  Based on how comfortable the instructor is with your ability the more leeway you get to push it harder on subsequent laps.

Some observations.

1 – The website doesn’t really advertise the experience correctly. A consume could easily come in the the expectation of 1 hour of driving time.

2 – As quick (and expensive) as the experience was….everyone came out of those cars grinning ear to ear.

3 – I’d get in serious trouble if I ever had a 458 Italia on the street.

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