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Ben Flikeid
3 months ago
Great experience. The staff was inviting and the cars were great. Plan on a little extra spend for tip or add on insurance and enjoy.
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Keith Franklin
2 months ago
This is a waste of time and a bait-n-switch business! The Bait...Exotic cars that are typically too expensive for most to own or maintain that you are supposed to be able to drive around a closed course limiting mph and risk. The switch...Regardless if you register with the GroupOn or not do not waist your money. Nowhere prior to payment did it state any of the hidden fees, waivers or liability. I assumed you wouldn't be able to do a few things when using the cars but not quite to the level shown in the paperwork. Allow me to elaborate and keep in mind these are exotic sports car being used in a very low form of spirited driving. If you rev the car beyond 6500rpm (rev limit on either car is 2000+rpm beyond this) you get charged an upgrade of $1000 for wear and tear, but if you pay $50 for a liability waiver we won't charge you the $1000 fee. Curious how you are supposed to drive a car around an autocross course (coned course) and stare at the tachometer the whole time to keep it under 6500rpm? Under the liability waiver there is a "scratch and scuff" & "bumper damage" section where you can pay an additional $20-30 to waive your liability of an incident involving these types of scenarios. Well the cones used for the course layout can and will easily scuff or scratch the paint and if hit hard enough can crack the bumper. Another catch once paid. All Liability waivers total over $200 over the registration price and I didn’t get this paperwork until less than a week prior to the event. Cancelations are only allowed within 24hrs They also don't tell you about the instructor gratuity where they expect you to pay 18-25% gratuity of the original non discounted price because they don't pay their instructors. So keep in mind the “experience” can cost you $300-1200 more than you paid. At the end of the day this is not worth the liability or money. Consider you can pay $150-600 for a track day at a road course for 1-3days and cover 75-220miles in a car you own. For $1500-$2000 you can take a road course driving school in a provided car where you will actually learn something. Sure exotic cars are cool but I can guarantee you will have more fun in a 130hp Honda Civic around a real road course or SCCA autocross course than an exotic car in a tiny closed autocross course with multiple limiting conditions, liability and hidden costs.
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Martin G.
5 months ago
I think this place primarily operates through groupons. If you buy one, note that the groupon is only the beginning of the fees, and in no way covers the entire drive. Expect an additional $300-$400 on top of the groupon, as well as a $7,500 hold on your credit card, in the event they decide to charge you for damages. Save yourself some money and go and rent a Ferrari you can drive on the road, instead of orange cones in some crappy parking lot at a mall.
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Michael Addington
a year ago
Portland International Raceway. Portland, Or - I read a lot of mixed reviews after purchasing this and was frankly worried it was a scam..but read on. I bought this as most do, through Groupon as a gift for a friend that for him, this is a bucket list kind of thing. I booked it about 6 months in advance and about a week before, my friend could not find the confirmation email. I contacted their office and the agent there was very helpful, verified the booking and sent the confirmation code so that my friend could search his inbox for that. He found it. We checked in at the parking lot of PIR and the attendants went over the papers and were very friendly and helpful. We weren't hard pressured or sold up on anything, but did opt for the scratch and bumper coverage. The overview was pretty simple, background of the sherpas and general rules. The sherpa that my friend drove a Gallardo with was extremely accommodating and very professional as my friend has a nerve issue with his legs that makes it very difficult and painful to walk at times. This was never an issue for the attendants or sherpa, he wasn't rushed or anything. The sherpa was very patient and i was more than happy to give him the gratuity personally (40 was all i had). The laps are over faster than you think. It's a simple and small autocross course in a parking lot, as most autocross courses are. My friend said he never got out of second gear. If you can afford it, opt for 6 laps, pass on the scratch and bumper coverage. The lanes are generous and the cones are mini cones, you won't hit anything. We had a very pleasant experience and i would do it again for myself...6 laps though.
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Seth Green
a month ago
My experience was in one of their mobile locations in San Jose, CA. I purchased my ticket through Groupon. I read a lot of reviews before partaking in this experience because I initially had some concerns and these are my thoughts after actually doing it. Pros: 1. Relatively inexpensive ($109 for the groupon, 4 lap option + $40 tip (I chose to do this) + $30 to elect to drive my own car around the autocross track with the extra time between groups. 2. Friendly staff. They really want you to enjoy your experience and they were very good at talking me through the lines of the course and the safe operation of the vehicle. 3. Unique business model - they do this on the road towing a 5th wheel trailer with their exotic cars and set up their autocross course all over the country. Cons: 1. By far the worst part is the 14 page long liability document that you must fill out before arrival. 2. The course is relatively short for autocross. I am used to most autocross tracks taking about 60 seconds, this track took me about 20 seconds (may not be the same elsewhere around the country). Final thoughts - these really are expensive cars and huge amounts of liability comes with that fact. I totally understand the need for the liability waivers in a business model such as this but I can understand why what would make a lot of people nervous. Initially my primary concern was accidentally going over my allotted 6,500 rpm limit. However, during the experience I learned that it is impossible to get near that limit because the car performs flawlessly throughout the entire track in 2nd gear. Simply shift into 2nd gear after you get up to about 20 mph and you will never have to look at the tachometer again. The liability is there in case someone revs the engine while in neutral to show off to their friends. That can damage their expensive car and they have put provisions in the paper work to discourage wreckless behavior. If you are a car enthusiast, and a relatively responsible person. I would highly recommend this experience for you. I tipped my "Sherpa" or "driver's coach" $40 because I felt like he did a great job and IMO that was appropriate for the experience. I did not opt for any of the insurance packages. I watched about 30 people drive the cars around the track and no one damaged a car in any way. If you choose not to purchase insurance through them the price of the experience is what you initially pay - no hidden fees.
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Amber Randle
6 months ago
The company cancelled the event three hours before my start time through email, no phone call, due to the cars being "down". No one was available via phone to address the issue after calling numerous times, I was sent to their answering service for the entire day and was forced to leave a message. When they finally got back to me, my only option was to either cancel for refund, reschedule and drive hours away to another city for the July or August event or to wait around until they decided if they wanted to plan a "makeup" event in my city. They failed to reassure me of my voucher being honored beyond the expiration date therefore I would've had to pay more money because this company couldn't get it together. As a result, I chose to cancel and get a refund and I was given the run around for that even though the cancellation was their fault. I will never do business with this company again. So disappointing and unprofessional.
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Andrey Avdeev
7 months ago
The parking lot used for the "autocross driving" was literally tiny. Even though the cars condition is good and everybody wish you to have fun, it's hard to make it when you allowed to drive only on the 2nd gear (not up to 2nd gear, you should put the 2nd gear after you start and keep it all the time for the all turns and accelerations........). After the 1st lap i was stopped and warned that i should slow down, do not make the car drift on the turns and listen to the driver. Well, did meet my expectations at all.
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Eric Dineen
3 years ago
Paid $99.00 for what I believed to be a Flying thrill! I went with a friend to Loudon for this "challenge". We both paid $99.00 to drive a Ferrari over the course of an hour, groups of enthusiasts peel around New Hampshire Motor Speedway's autocross. First off it was August in a parking lot that was a blistering 98* and zero shade. I stood there for 50 minutes waiting for my turn while receiving sun stroke at no charge. BTW sun stroke and dehydration prior to driving a fast car surrounded by a group of people does not seem like a good business model. Once seated for my 3 laps in AUTO , traction control on and rain mode on is the only way IMO to feel the thrill of a First Rate Ferrari. THIS is a total WASTE of time and money. DO NOT DO THIS IT IS CRAP
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