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. Auto 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 Motor Sport Lab
Feeling the raw power of a Ferrari engine as you floor the pedal and steer down an empty road may seem like a fantasy to some, but it's a perfectly attainable adrenaline fix at The Motorsport Lab. The Lab's driving experts let clients slip behind the wheels of Ferraris, Aston Martins, Lamborghinis, and other exotic automobiles for a once-in-a-lifetime ride.
After explaining the vehicle features and proper safety protocols, staff members turn over the keys. Drivers can gain a feeling for the automobile's speed and cat-like agility while guiding it around a controlled autocross course for several laps. For a truly immersive experience, The Motorsport Lab occasionally rents out their sports cars for weekend-long escapes that let clients travel in style and become the object of envy at any drive-thru.