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Old 09-06-07, 07:27 PM
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Would you pay 5 grand for this "Supercar" experience?

I got a brochure in the mail for this today. Looks like a fun thing to do, but no way I'd pay $4990 for it.

The event includes hotel, meals, professional driver training, and at least 20 minutes of racetrack driving "to the limit" of each of these cars:

Ferrari F430
Lamborghini Gallardo
Porsche Turbo 997
Aston Martin DB9
Mercedes AMG SL65

http://www.supercarlife.com

I was wondering what price I would pay for it. Maybe $1500-2000? What would you pay?
Old 09-06-07, 07:35 PM
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No, but it does sound like fun. I might be inclined to pay a grand if I were in the area, but I don't think I'd travel specifically to do something like this.

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A couple grand, but the night would have to be at the Ritz (they do stuff like this in FL).

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$16.
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Meh. I have more fun doing Mazda's ZoomZoomLive or the Taste of Lexus events held for free on short autocross tracks. Hell, they even fed me for free.
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This would be a perfect thing for an organization like a fire department to use as a fundraiser. Sell 1,000 tickets at $10 a piece, with the prize being a day at the supercar track. The track gets paid, and the organization picks of a cool $5000. I know I'd spring for a ticket or two on it.

As for actually paying that much money for something like this? No way.
Old 09-06-07, 07:58 PM
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Not 5K. it really doesn't sound like you get that much chance to drive the cars in anger.

Much more fun would be had driving your own car, and/or spending 5K on a track car and taking it to track days.
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Not for 20 mins of supervised driving IMO. I'd personally rather drive one of these things around my hometown at 20mph.

Around 4K-5K is usually around the area it costs down in South Beach to rent the "newest models on the market" that Ferrari/Lamborghini makes. I've seen people rent them for 50% of that price though. Hell, I saw somebody drive off a lot with a Bentley for around 1K in July. The asking price was slightly under 2K.

Because of the expensive "in print" prices you will often see these cars sitting in front of the rental agency, usually midweek, gathering dust. Walk up showing interest in a car and see what the guy standing out there has to say. Because of the ultra high purchase prices of these cars, costs to own and insure, and how quickly new models enter the market, these agencies must want to make as much as possible on these cars when they can. If that means letting one go for 2K a day instead of sitting on the lot then they might do it.
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Originally Posted by DthRdrX
Not for 20 mins of supervised driving IMO. I'd personally rather drive one of these things around my hometown at 20mph.

Around 4K-5K is usually around the area it costs down in South Beach to rent the "newest models on the market" that Ferrari/Lamborghini makes. I've seen people rent them for 50% of that price though. Hell, I saw somebody drive off a lot with a Bentley for around 1K in July. The asking price was slightly under 2K.

Because of the expensive "in print" prices you will often see these cars sitting in front of the rental agency, usually midweek, gathering dust. Walk up showing interest in a car and see what the guy standing out there has to say. Because of the ultra high purchase prices of these cars, costs to own and insure, and how quickly new models enter the market, these agencies must want to make as much as possible on these cars when they can. If that means letting one go for 2K a day instead of sitting on the lot then they might do it.
holy shit - 2k per day?!
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No way I would pay that amount. Maybe $500.00 at best while on a vacation.
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I'm with X....not 5K...but a couple thousand just to drive 'em though a few turn..sure

But then again..I don't have a car that corners as fast as many of them..but I do get to play here and there on the track 0-60 in 4.5 seconds
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Mercedes AMG SL65. A rather amazing car, but does look like a typical Mercedes so only you would know what it was.
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for 5 bucks ill let you drive my 99 Honda Accord
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Forza2 goes for $60

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That's weak. I'd rather spend the money to go to Germany; rent a 997 Turbo and drive the hell out of it on the Nurburgring.

http://goeurope.about.com/od/germany/a/nurburgring.htm

http://www.nuerburgring.de/home/index.html?L=1

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Personally I'd rather pay for an evasive driver training course such as the one offered by http://www.securesource.com/ssi/
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Originally Posted by M2theAX
for 5 bucks ill let you drive my 99 Honda Accord
Hmmm. You pay for the drive-thru? If so, you got a deal, buddy.
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I'd pay $100 to drive one of those cars for 10 minutes.
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I just spent $500 to do a bit of this in Europe last week.

I would happily spend $1000-2000 just for the kicks of it, but I also get to occasionally race supercars as an instructor...but not all of those and not all at once.
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mrhan, you've got the right idea. Make the driving time an hour each, host it at the Nordschleife, and pay for my plane ticket, and I'm there.

Otherwise, I don't see paying $5000 when for $30,000 I could have something very close to a supercar (Ariel Atom).
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If I had the kind of money that would make me rent these for $5k, I would have the kind of money that would let me buy them. The only way I could do this is if I had so much money that I didn't ever notice it was spent.
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I sometimes take my Porches to the track and put them through their paces, I can truly say that it is physically exhausting and mentally draining.

You are taking corners at 50-60mph, and if you stop to think about the speed you are driving, and that this is "real" and there are no resets if you f-up - you must concentrate and focus every second - and your body is fighting against g-forces around turns etc.

According to the FAQ

You get 20 minutes in Each Car = aprox 2hrs of drive time not including the time the instructors take you out and really show you what the car can do.

I would say that you will sleep pretty soundly at night - I would even say that by the last 2 cars, you will be wanting to just get off the track.

I think the $5k is steep.. but they pay for your flight, hotel, food, insurance etc.

so I think my willingness to pay would be $3,500 for this trip.
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Originally Posted by CPA-ESQ.
so I think the $5k is steep.. but they pay for your flight, hotel, food, insurance etc.
I didn't notice that it included hotel. Considering the accomodations around Fontana, I'd go up to $2150 for this.
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The price is too steep for those cars. Now, if those cars were a :

Koenigsegg CCX
Bugati Veyron
Pagazi Zonda
McLaren F1
Maserati Gran Turismo

...then the price would be well worth it.

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