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lol. 1 lap?? wow. Go to vegas with a few buddies, rent one of those (or newer) super cars for a grand and enjoy it for a full day.

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Less than a days pay for 5 miles of fun! Not a bad deal!

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@dpixel8: Or for a grand you could potentially drive 10 different cars with this deal...

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@dpixel8: Addition laps available at additional cost. Pocono is a high speed Nascar track and not some snakey road course. This is in the east, Vegas is in the west.

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How convenient...my brother's wedding is in north jersey next weekend...

Slap a "just married" sign on the back and it's a perfect wedding gift.

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WOW. If I lived anywhere on the East Coast, I would be all over this. I'd definitely get the 2-or-3 lap version though.

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Only a 3.5 hour drive for me. One lap is defintely not enough.

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@mickster1245: Pocono has an alternate configuration for a road course. I have an uncle who's taken Porches there and always has a blast, Vegas is the same way. The road course incorporates part of the typical NASCAR-style oval track but is far more than that if that's what you're looking for.

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:O Want!

Stupid living in California...

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I've seen lots of these deals from various companies and when I explore them further they usually have two very big deal-breakers for me: 1) all of the cars have automatic transmissions 2) they don't let you drive them past a certain speed

Does anyone know if these are true for this deal?

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@steveko89: Does he sit on the porches and watch the cars go by?

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Wow, 1 hr 15 min from my house and the biggest seller to me here is that there is NO DEPOSIT! Usually these places want you to drop a few hundred to a few thousand down for a deposit in case you crash the car. This deal sounds great, thanks for posting!

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@dougblair3: GREAT questions.

Though I'm betting they're all automatic trans. Opens up your business to many more people. Plus you don't have people grinding/destroying the gearbox on a $200,000 car.

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I'm going to look into the transmission thing. My brother would love this! It would be the perfect gift. Looks like it's only a 2 and 1/2 hour drive. However, my brother wouldn't be caught dead driving an automatic! At least not one of these gorgeous sports cars. Hmmm...I would though, but I don't know if I could ever bring myself to get the car up to speed, lol

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OK - while this sounds really cool - I have a MAJOR concern. They are selling up to 500 packages but are only offering 4 days in which 500 people can redeem those packages?!?!?!?

" Driving experiences are available Aug. 25-26 and Sept. 8-9. Subject to availability; "

You can start choosing your date on Friday the 13th but you only have certain dates to choose from

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I have driven this track (and wrecked into the wall on the front straight all by myself), and it is an OK drive. For $100 and 1 lap, you wouldn't even learn the car or the track. Join a club and do a lapping day. Even a mini van driven well on a track for 30 laps would be far more fun for me than 1 lap in anything. But I am part of a safety team that gets to go out on many racetracks over a racing season. If your dream is to drive a super car on a racetrack, then the bragging points are pretty high, but I bet they get you there, and a lot of people spend $500 because they want more. Go for a day at a driving school for the same price.

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Nobody even makes an automatic in Ferrari or Lamborghini any more. They use twin clutch systems that have automatic type modes but they still give you the option to shift.

Just my 2 cents.

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OK: Looking into the transmissions, this is what I've found out:

Ferrari: Transmission: 6-Speed Manual Engine. Looking further, it has F1 (they say) gear shifts, but if it's an F1 gearbox, which according to what I've found: http://www.ferrari.com/english/gt_sport%20cars/classiche/all_models/f430/innovation_technologies/Pages/articles_f430_f1_gearbox.aspx

Lamborghini: From Lamborghini's website, based on the model that RacingBox provides, Gearbox: 6 Speed + reverse, A optional, robotized sequential e-Gear system with actuation by paddles on the steering column (I'll guess it's the optional e-Gear system).

Aston Martin, I checked their website and they don't list model info on this car. I looked into V8 models on Aston Martin though, and what I found for transmission type is, Rear mid-mounted, six-speed manual transmission - Rear mid-mounted, Sportshift (5) six-speed automated manual transmission available as an option (Which I'm betting is the optional Sportshift tranny.)

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I clicked on through to their main website. Under the Ferrari it shows a manual transmission:
http://www.racingbox.us/p/1025/ferrari-f430-driving-experiences/ferrari-430-pack-3laps-pocono-nj.html

Scroll down to the "Fact Sheet" section...doesn't say if it has a govenor on it or not.

To make this company sound fishy....they have a 5x difference money back if you find it cheaper...however that only applies to purchases made in the UK?

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I looked at this for the Texas Motor Speedway event.
Read the fine print. It says "Autocross", which means they set up the course in a parking lot. You probably won't even be inside the track, but in a course set up with pylons on the pavement they call the "bus lot".
Nothing wrong with autocross, it's a hoot, but that makes this a No Deal for me.

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"Insurance is included."

I wonder if your personal insurance rates will rise, in case of accident?

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I did this at Summit Point in West Virginia a few months ago, same company. I agree it's not cheap but damn it's worth it. I drove both the Ferrari f430 and the Lambo for 9 laps each. I had a Groupon for it so price was not that bad. If you are thinking of it you want at least 9 laps. It takes at least 2 laps to get out of regular driving mode into race driving mode, i.e. flooring it out of bends, standing on the brakes into the corner etc., it takes another few laps to get a good rhythm going where you are actually making good times. The Lambo felt quicker but the Ferrari sounds better and has nicer controls.

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I would be all over this deal if I were closer. Pocono is a fabulous track, recently repaved. I drove a stock car at Las Vegas 143 MPH most fun ever.. This is a hell of a deal.

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I did this in NJ and it was a total rip off even at $99. The track (parking lot with confusing cones) is short, I don't even think I reached 80 mph. They warn you that if you spin tire, even accidentally going through corners, your ride will be terminated. You get maybe 5 minutes behind the wheel. Very disappointed and I'm sure you will be too

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@bknabl: Your comment made me sad but I upvoted it anyway!

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@dougblair3: Most Lamborghinis and Ferraris these days have high end dual-clutch automatics (with pedal shifters), that can shift faster and more precise than you can blink. These are racing cars, not burnout machines.

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@rex b: lol, autocross in a lamborghini. Lambos are so wide, they would not fit through the gates on most standard autocross courses. 400+ hp on an autocross course, with just one lap is a joke, this is a completely wrong use of this car.

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I did this on groupon. Drove a Lambo Gallardo. 3 laps on very small track. the cars are set up as automatics. Never got over 100 MPH but it was still a blast. Tires squealing artound every corner. They dont let you have a long straight away to wind it out. You have to but insurence also for 50-100.

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TravelZoo recently had a similar deal w/ a company called "Imagination Lifestyles" (Boston). It was ~$179 for (3)laps with an additional insurance uplift (minimum of $39), so watch for the small print regarding additional fees. The personnel were very cool, and the shotgun riders were all autocross drivers that are speed addicts. If they are comfortable with your driving skills, they will coach and push you (aka tell you to "floor it"). Most of the cars were 6+ speed paddle but they did not allow weekend warriors to drive in Manual (smart move). Regardless, it was well worth the exhilaration of driving a $150-250K sports car (2012 Mercedes SLS AMG Gullwing... 6.3L... 563hp). If it's a good curvy course... I'd pick the Ferrari F430... light, nimble and fast as hell.

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From the site: "For $99, regularly $259, drive your dream car around a 2.5-mile closed course at Pocono Raceway"

It's amazing how many of you never click on the link and read the information, yet you have all the answers.

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You can take a 3-lap pack in a lambo on the same track for $259 and so far everyone here says 1 lap is not even close to enough. So, this does not seem like much of a deal for me. It works out to $87 a lap for the normal price. Also with the regular package they give you 2 discovery laps as passanger in a luxury 4x4 so you can learn the track before you get your 3 laps.

EDIT- I'm wrong... didnt read the fine print:

- Welcome and registration
- Technical briefing and safety instructions
- 2 discovery laps as passanger in a luxury 4x4
- 1 laps driving the Lamborghini Gallardo
- Individual driving certificate
- Insurance
- No deposit required

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It's interesting to see a Travelzoo deal get so many upvotes. If this were a sponsored deal it would be downvoted into oblivion.

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@lcadaver: Bondurant, near Phoenix. And I actually learned some performance driving skills
http://www.bondurant.com/courses/performance-driving-experience

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@digifiremkx: Wanting to drive a manual transmission vehicle does not equate to wanting to do burnouts. Yes, there are very good performance reasons for why many exotics are moving to sophisticated automatic transmissions. There are also very compelling reasons why a lot of people, myself included, prefer a traditional manual transmission in vehicles.

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I'll start off by saying I have no idea if this is the same, or even a similar deal... But a guy I worked with at my last job (literally he did this a month or so ago) did one of these, to drive a Ferrari somewhere, with similar terms. When he got there, he realized that the cars were owned by an outside company, and he literally got to drive the car for like 5-10 mins, and not over any speed higher than like 70-80 mph. There was a giant line of people when he got there, and it was chaos, needless to say he had a horrible time.

Before you think about purchasing, regardless of the track because this was also at a real race track. Do as much research as you possibly can, these can be total ripoffs.

just an FYI, this was one of these that was offered on groupon many times, you can look these companys up on yelp... and even though I have my issues with yelp, check the filtered reviews because that is where the bad write-ups are hidden (at the bottom of the page)

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Heads-up on the transmission: They all are a sequential-manual gearbox. That means there is a double clutch and paddle-shifters. Many see this as an automatic, but they say these things can change gears faster than in a manual: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sequential_manual_transmission

Furthermore, the Aston Martin must be the V8 Vantage--that's the only current model that is offered in a V8...

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Not that it really matters, but Lamborghini's E-Gear system is a single-auto-clutch manual with a double plate clutch, not a twin-clutch unit like Ferrari's.

It still shifts faster than your automatic transmission in your Mazda (or any other random car) where you can electronically control shifts with paddle-shifters. It's also obviously faster than a traditional manual.

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When in Vegas earlier this year my nephew did something like this at the Las Vegas Speedway. He spent closer to $500-600 but got 5-6 laps each with two different cars. His comment to the instructor: "I envy you for your job..."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsfaozN_UWc

One lap might be good for somebody like me (I drive a nice, calm, quiet Rav4), but folks who get into driving will need to get more laps.

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These autos shift faster than humans can. This is a proven fact.
I went through the agony of deciding for MT or AT and glad I went AT in the R8.
It WILL outshift a human being and even downshifts far more precisely so you can think less about your shifting technique and pay more attention to everything else happening around you.

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i don't believe the deal is dead...