The high speed and drifting ride-along with a professional Indy Car driver at the Exotics Racing Experience in Las Vegas, NV was perhaps the most intense automotive experience of my life – and I don’t consider myself to be void of performance car experiences. The action starts right from the pit area as he does a massive sideways burnout out onto the track in the blue Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 supercar. Before your done scrambling for something to hang onto you are already into the first curve and sliding sideways again with the wide Lamborghini tires failing to find grip under the massive 542 horsepower. As the pro driver rockets the car through the track, it becomes evident that the other white Gallardo I drove prior was capable of a lot more. By the time we reached the pit area again, my face was sore from smiling so much and my body tight from the super intense experience. I’d definitely recommend this next time you visit Sin City!
At Exotics Racing of Las Vegas I had the privilege of racing a Lamborghini Gallardo LP550 around a curvacious race track and accompanied by a pro racing instructor. This Italian beast was very intense to drive. From the amazingly fast acceleration to the loud engine howls, this exotic car was an absolute blast to drive. As the race instructor continuously pushed me to drive faster and faster with his instruction, the Lambo maintained my confidence that it could handle the increased speeds and sharper maneuvers. I was impressed with how this beautiful white Lamborghini Gallardo LP550 stayed completely glued to the road around fast turns and pressed my back hard to the seat as I stomped the gas peddle. Since I am 6ft 3in I opted to not drive Exotics Racing’s Gallardo LP570 since the fixed racing seat could prove difficult for a person of my stature to sit comfortably. Check out the Las Vegas Exotics Racing selection of Lamborghini’s to race. Exotics Racing Lamborghini’s
The Porsche 997 Turbo S at Exotics Racing of Las Vegas is the quickest exotic car they have in their fleet. Now that’s saying something since their fleet is comprised of some of the fastest cars in the world including 2 Lamborghini Aventadors (1 on order), McLaren MP4-12C, Mercedes SLS AMG, Nissan GT-R, Ferrari 458, Lamborghini Superleggera and so on. Evidently their policy is to purchase the most desirable supercars priced under $1,000,000 and if enough people tell them that they would like to drive a certain exotic car that they don’t currently offer, then they wont hesitate to buy it. The Porsche 997 Turbo S is a very quick car, but feels slower than the Lamborghini Gallardo and Ferrari 458 to me because it is so quiet from the drivers seat. While the Lambo and Ferrari have loud roars, and jerk you back as you shift, the 997 Turbo S sounds more like an airplane taking off as your pushing the peddle down. While some will like how smooth the car is (its difficult to tell if you have shifted), I personally prefer the two Italian cars I drove for their loud roar, adding to my excitement. That being said, I am by no means stating that this car is tame or boring…quite the contrary. Its insanely fast and does a great job of raising your heart rate up as you have a tight “death grip” on the steering wheel as you negotiate the track. The intensity of the experience is shown all over my face…very difficult to stay composed as you go through the track – I embarrassingly kept puffing out my cheeks as my mind was so consumed with the intese experience of driving one of the world’s quickest cars. I would strongly recommend giving the 997 Turbo S a try at Exotics Racing of Las Vegas next time you’re in town.
So how can I describe an experience like I had at Exotics Racing Las Vegas? Sure I can say it was incredible, hair-raising, thrilling, frightening, a once-in-a-lifetime experience, etc, but until you are there in these exotic cars, in the experience then you’re really not in fully know what it’s like. Telling you is one thing and it’s a whole different thing for you to personally feel the power of hundreds of horsepower at your disposal, the G-Force pressure on a 90 mph turn, the whiplash from a high-speed gear change, the smell of burning tires and hot ceramic brakes and hear the marvelous high RPM scream of the engine. Sure some descriptive pictures and videos will help tell the story, but again, unless you are one of the fortunate Exotics Racing clients then unfortunately you are simply not going to fully comprehend this.
What is Exotics Racing? Well to quote a scene from ‘The Game’ (one of my favorite flicks), “It will make your life fun…a profound life experience”. In less ambiguous terms, the Exotics Racing Experience of Las Vegas is an exotic car driving experience offering two main options: be the driver in one (or all) of 14 exotic cars or be driven by a world class race car driver around the closed race track. Which one is better? Prior to attending I was least looking forward to the ride-along experience, however after my hot laps around the complex in a vibrant blue Lamborghini Gallardo with a seasoned race car driver at the helm, my perspective was reversed. After the ride-along I candidly made the remark to the driver that my face hurt from smiling so much. Let that comment be a testament that the ride-along experience is not some lame kiddie coaster sort of ride, but rather a balls to the wall, hang on for dear life track experience that you’re not soon to forget.
Being the driver and behind the wheel of these expensive exotic cars is thrilling in a different way. At first I was disappointed to learn that I would be accompanied by a high-speed driving professional during the laps, but that quickly vanished once I began to understand the value in their presence. As the videos prove, the professionals are not only there for your and others safety (so that you can pass or be passed safely), but largely so that you get the most out of your experience. In all three of the cars I drove, the professional guided me on how to negotiate the track better and achieve higher top speeds and cornering. If I was driving on the track by myself, then I would have not attained even close to the quick lap times that I was able to get.
Is the price worth it? Well I can’t speak for everyone, but for my money…definitely. I’ve been to Las Vegas numerous times for business and pleasure. I’ve gambled, rode all the roller coasters, seen all the car showrooms and other attractions that it has to offer, but I found the Exotics Racing Experience to be more thrilling then the Vegas roller coasters, more interesting that some of the car showrooms (although the Auto Collection at the Imperial Palace is a must see) and a guaranteed adrenaline rush as opposed to the risks of gambling. I’ve “donated” a decent amount to the Vegas casinos, so I say if you gamble and win, then take your winnings to this amazing car experience. If you have a limited budget and planned to gamble, then don’t…you’ll probably lose anyway so you might as well try something uniquely exciting and test your skills on the track before you also donate to the Casinos.
I encourage you to check out all of the subsequent posts detailing my Exotic Car Driving Experience. Please note that I was NOT PAID to write this review (I know some of you would be suspicious with such a glowing review) but it simply was an incredible time. No complaints…at all. Friendly staff that obviously loves their jobs (they will openly tell you this, and their continuous smiles do non-verbally), clean facilities, knowledgeable and safety-conscious staff, prompt service, etc…what’s not to like?