Even if Santa didn’t bring you a Ferrari 458 Italia, a Ferrari Scuderia or a Ferrari F430 for Christmas, you can still own one for five hours of driving around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Okay, you don’t own them. It’s more like renting them for a total of 40 laps – 15 laps each in the Scuderia and F430, and ten laps in the 458.
The racetrack experience is called Adrenaline Nights, sponsored by DXL, whose full name is DrivingXllence. The 40 laps will set you back $2,950, which by my math works out to between 90 and 125 mph each, including insurance, and plus extras.
The evening begins with a welcome event and some bonding at the five-star Wynn Hotel and Casino, and a tour of the Penske-Wynn Ferrari showroom and museum in the hotel lobby. Next is classroom instruction from DXL’s pro drivers, and what you learn about oversteering, understeering and finding the most efficient line through a tight turn will make you a better driver off the track, too.
Then, it’s into a Ferrari racing suit and helmet and onto the track. Forty laps later, you are pushed over into the passenger seat for the ride of your life as one of the pro drivers takes you on hot laps around the track. There’s a video camera on the dashboard, so your look and/or exclamations of total panic or outright joy are recorded for posterity and bragging rights.
The evening ends with a podium ceremony, champagne toasts, and a trophy that proclaims you as a winner, no matter how fast you drove.
For the record –
- The 458 Italia costs $225,000, has a top speed of 202 mph, and launches from zero 60 mph in 3.4 seconds.
- The Scuderia costs $300,000, has a top speed of 198 mph, and launches zero 60 mph in 3.5 seconds.
- The F430 Coupe costs $195,000, has a top speed of 196 mph, and launches zero 60 mph in 3.9 seconds.
DXL also offers a four-hour, 150 mile road trip experience on winding country roads in various parts of the U.S., including Napa Valley and New York’s Hudson Valley. That excursion costs $1,900, including lunch.