What’s the catch? As the Chief Marketing Officer, it’s the question I get more than anything. So, in full transparency I’d like to show you a couple videos of my Xperiences and answer some common questions. Directly below you’ll find a video of my experience in a Porsche 911 GT3 at Blackhawk Farms Raceway.
This was my first time driving the GT3 and I’ve only driven Blackhawk a few times in the past. As you can see from the video, this is the real deal and is the exact same driving experience you’ll get with Xtreme Xperience. We have created a format that allows you to enjoy your dream cars to the limit in a safe way. It’s important to note that you don’t have to drive as fast as I did in this video. Our experience was developed to accommodate all skill levels and expectations, so if you just want to cruise a Ferrari around the track at low speeds, we can make that happen, too.
Your speeds will depend on both the racetrack and your ability. We drive some of the top road course racetracks in the US, with straightaways ranging from 1000 to 3500 feet long. You will have the opportunity to hit 100 to 135 mph at full speed before needing to slow down to enter a turn. You’ll also do highway speeds through corners. In the video, I was hitting about 120 mph on the 1500 foot straightaway. MY ADVICE: Don’t go into this worrying about how fast you’re going and do not look down at the speedometer; keep your eyes on the road and enjoy the car. Enjoy the feeling of braking, cornering, and accelerating. Enjoy the sound and soak up the memories.
No way. The cars you drive at Xtreme Xperience are just like you’d get from the dealership. In fact, some of our cars are tuned and have aftermarket modifications to make them even faster than stock. We also run the cars in ‘Sport’ or ‘Race’ mode to help improve the car’s performance.
No, not at all. Our vehicles are all equipped with semi-automatic transmissions that allow anyone and everyone to drive with ease. Enjoy the drive and experience every bit of your supercar without the worry of shifting gears. Each car has paddle shifters that you’re welcome to try, but I don’t recommend it for your first time out.
Whether you’re a first-timer, a seasoned track day junkie or are riding with a pro, there will always be a professional instructor in the vehicle to provide real-time feedback. Their goal is to help you drive the racing line, brake, corner and accelerate at just the right time to achieve optimum speeds. MY ADVICE: Again, listen to these guys and girls. They are true professionals who know the cars and track very well. They are 100% there to help, not slow anyone down. I also recommend doing our lead car ride-along where a pro drives you around the track at high speeds before you drive. This way, you’ll see the track so there are no surprises and you’ll feel what it’s like to drive the racing line, brake hard, and accelerate out of the corners. Plus, the ride-along is ridiculously fun.
We run in a lead-follow format which is a standard practice in high performance driving education experiences. The lead car in the pack is being driven by a professional driver, so you’ll be chasing a pro who’s showing you the racing line for optimal speeds. There are other cars on the track with you so we have a procedure for passing slower drivers as soon as we can (you’ll see me pass the Ferrari 458 and Corvette Z06 with our instructor point by system). MY ADVICE: If this is your first time doing anything like this, don’t want to go fast or don’t want the pressure of other drivers behind you, start at the back of the group. If you have track experience, have driven with us before, are on your second or third car, I recommend you communicate with your instructor to get positioned in the front of the pack. You can see in the video above just how fast the lead car moves.
All of our Drivers are required to purchase a minimum level of Track Insurance but Ride-Along participants don’t need to (note: your personal insurance policy will not cover your XX drive). Basically, like any insurance you’ve ever purchased, you pay a small amount (a premium as low as $39) to lock in an amount you would owe (a deductible as low as $500) which would cover potential damages up to a certain amount (up to $200,000). You would be responsible for any damage to the car above the insured amount. You can view your various insurance options here. MY ADVICE: Don’t let this intimidate you. As long as you listen to your instructors and don’t plan on driving like a complete yahoo, you will not need to worry about messing up one of our beautiful cars.
I hope I’ve helped paint a better picture of what the experience is actually like and answered some of the most common questions. If you have any questions or would like to speak with someone about your experience, please give us a call at 866-273-7727. You’ll probably see me at an event, so please introduce yourself and say ‘hi.’
CMO of Xtreme Xperience
*Any promotions are valid on NEW reservations and MAY NOT be applied to past reservations or purchases. Offers exclude Multi-Car Packages, High-Speed Ride Alongs, Slingshot Ultimate Joyride, Sprint Xperiences, add-ons, apparel, and merchandise unless otherwise stated. Promotions do not apply to Gift Card purchases. Prices do not include track insurance, which Drivers are required to purchase. Track insurance starts at $39. What is Track Insurance? Ride-Along participants do not need to acquire Track Insurance. Our cars are not limited or governed in any way. To make the Xperience accessible to drivers of all skill levels, the cars are equipped with semiautomatic transmissions so YOU DO NOT NEED TO KNOW HOW TO DRIVE A MANUAL CAR however you may use the paddle shifters to manually select gears if you’d like.
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Promotions are only valid on NEW reservations and MAY NOT be applied to past reservations or purchases. Offer valid until December 31, 2016. Cannot be combined with other offers or promotions. Offer does NOT apply to 2, 3 or 4-Car Packages or Autocross Xperiences. Some products may be excluded from the offer. Xtreme Xperience retains the right to change or modify this discount at any time. Cars that are available may vary by track and are subject to availability. Promotion does not apply to merchandise or apparel. May NOT be redeemed at the racetrack; must be used on your online reservation.