The thrill of cruising down the open road is surpassed only by the thrill of watching a chicken cross the open road, but not asking why. Saddle up for four-wheeled thrills with today's Groupon: for $89, you get a 60-minute driving experience at The Motorsport Lab in Scottsdale (a $499 value).
The Motorsport Lab lends speed demons autos from an exotic fleet for adrenaline-pumping spins on a set course. To kick off the supercar experience, a 15-minute safety and procedural lesson offers a tutorial on the use of a paddle shifter and the proper way to nonchalantly exude opulence by lighting cigars with smaller cigars. Instructor-accompanied drivers then begin a 45-minute or 15-mile road voyage, rolling through Scottsdale and Cactus Road before ramping things up on the 101 and catapulting around Scottsdale Airport. Supercar pilots milk the final stretch up Scottsdale Road for all its worth before the dream-car jaunt comes to an end more satisfying than waking up in a neighbor’s minivan.
Drivers enjoy horseless-carriage romps ensconced in one of The Motorsport Lab's supercars crafted by Aston Martin and Ferrari. The Aston Martin DB9's V-12 engine churns out 443 pounds of torque, and the Ferrari 360 Modena's 395-horsepower engine gets its sleek mass moving at 60 miles per hour in just 4.5 seconds. Both European dream-mobiles feature F1 paddle shifters and a top speed of about 190 miles per hour, the velocity at which Louis Armstrong could launch a spitball.
The Motorsport Lab
The staff of The Motorsport Lab lets drivers from all walks of life experience the thrill of driving a fleet of American muscle cars and exotic, foreign sport cars. Drivers receive instruction before sampling the handling of a Ferrari F430 and Lamborghini Gallardo. During their driving experience, they zip around the autocross car-control course while an instructor rides next to them, offering tips and making sure the ride goes smoothly.
15849 North 71st Street
Scottsdale, Arizona 85254