Where to Drive a Pricey Sports Car
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23 Places to Get Behind the Wheel of a Sports Car You Can't Afford

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Where to Drive a Pricey Sports Car
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Dream Machines

Supercars aren't built for everyday use, but to be seen, heard, shown off, admired, and driven at high speed. They're aspirational for folks who work years to make the six figures or more required to own them, but can also end up being expensive dust collectors for owners in harsh climates. What do you do if you either lack the cash to buy or don't have a place to drive without dodging raindrops, snowflakes, or speeding tickets? We've found places that can help you into a supercar, if only for a day, and in some cases even provide a track to drive them the way they were meant to be driven.

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AMG Driving Academy
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AMG Driving Academy

Location: Various
Mercedes builds some of its cars in Alabama, but its high-performance vehicles still come out of its AMG facility in Affalterbach, Germany. You can drive eight of those vehicles — including the GT R, GT S and SLC 43 — at tracks in California, Connecticut, Georgia, and Texas under the tutelage of Mercedes-Benz pros. Driving Academy packages start at $1,195 if you just want to learn how to drift, but jump to $5,995 for those who've tried the beginner and intermediate courses and want to go pro.

Porsche Driving Center
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Porsche Driving Center

Locations: Atlanta; Carson, California; Birmingham, Alabama
Whether you're at the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta or Carson (just outside Los Angeles) or at Porsche's official U.S. driving school in Birmingham, you'll get your choice of modern Porsches (a 911, a Panamera, a Cayman, or even an off-roading Cayenne) to drive around for as little as $365. Time in a simulator starts at just $40, or you can just grab a drink or a nibble at the restaurant and watch other drivers race by.

TrackCar4 Rent
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TrackCar4 Rent

Locations: Various
It doesn't matter whether you're a novice who only drives Mustangs when the rental car company makes an error, or a pro with a tuner Nissan Z in your own garage: TrackCar4Rent will give you access to a Z, Mustang GT, BMW E36, E46 or Spec E30 and let you run it to your heart's content at tracks in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, or Pennsylvania. You can ride along with a pro for $50, or do the driving yourself with packages starting at $299.

The Thermal Club
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The Thermal Club

Location: Palm Springs, California
This isn't just some supercar program or rental course: It's 5.1 miles of road-course and speedway nirvana in a veritable supercar city. Thermal Club tracks are flanked by luxury villas, bars, restaurants, and a full-service garage. The club offers members some sexy supercars for rent, but the full-service garage and race instructors are the real draw for speed enthusiasts. You have to apply for membership — and if you have to ask what the unadvertised cost is, you likely shouldn't fill out that application.

Classic Car Club
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Classic Car Club

Locations: New York and London
Drivers in the U.S. can pretend they're Jerry Seinfeld and get access to a garage full of classic cars on Pier 76 in Manhattan. Want to drive a 1966 Ford GT40 through the Lincoln Tunnel? Maybe take a 1956 Porsche 550 up FDR Drive? Pull up to a Broadway show in a Lamborghini Huracán? You'll have to submit a Classic Car Club application, but if you're accepted, $180 a month gets you all of that plus a bar and restaurant. There's a facility in London too.

Enterprise's Exotic Collection
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Enterprise's Exotic Collection

Location: Various
Where's the least-likely place to find a supercar for a day? Enterprise, where an Aston Martin DB11, Audi R8, BMW i8, Bentley Continental GT and Lamborghini Huracán aren't generally considered fleet vehicles. But Enterprise's exotic collection will put you in a Rolls-Royce Ghost, a Porsche 911 Targa, or a Maserati GranTurismo for costs that vary by location. If your city has an international airport, chances are it has access.

Dream Drive Exotics
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Dream Drive Exotics

Location: Various
This is about as low-grade a supercar experience as you can get, but it still gets you in the vehicle. Venues range from race tracks to mall parking lots filled with cones, and the driving is limited to low-octane "autocross" that never exceeds highway speeds. The good news is that Dream Drive pops up all over the country and get you ride-alongs in a Lamborghini, Ferrari, or McLaren for $119. (A brisk few laps will cost you $199 and up.)

Xtreme Xperience
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Xtreme Xperience

Locations: Various
Based out of its full-time home at NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans, this company also takes supercars such as the Ferrari 458 Italia, Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4, McLaren 570S, and Porsche 911 GT3 on the road to race tracks across the country. You can go on a ride-along for $49, but privileges start at $149 for a four-lap sprint or up to $2,599 for a half-day racing academy that lets you drive three different supercars.

Hertz Dream Collection
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Hertz Dream Collection

Locations: Variousv
Hertz is another car rental company daring to dream big. The good news is that it has an assortment of Porsches, Land Rovers, Mercedes-Benz, and Teslas to choose from. If your dream car wasn't made in Germany or the U.S., though, it's likely not here.

Dream Racing
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Dream Racing

Location: Las Vegas
Like much else in Las Vegas, Dream Racing traffics in excess, from a $300 million facility inside the Las Vegas Motor Speedway to the 3D racing simulators inside a $30 million media center. Many of the instructors race around the world, and experiences start from a two-lap drift ride-along for $99 and go all the way up to 10 laps in a Lamborghini Aventador SV for $1,099 (or go all out for a weekend complete with helicopter transportation, qualifying sessions, and a race and podium ceremony). You can just walk up and drive a GT or street legal supercar, including the Huracan, Aston Martin DB11, and Ferrari F12berlinetta — surprisingly easy to drive, because they’re equipped with a no-clutch sequential paddle shift gear system with ABS and traction control.

BMW Performance Center
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BMW Performance Center

Location: Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina, and Thermal, California
Sure, you can spend $849 per day to drift around tracks in 2, 3, and 4 Series cars and X Series SUVs. You can even spend just $750 to learn how to stunt drive a Mini. If you're looking for a bit more of a thrill, you can pay $299 at a Performance Center for a few hot laps in BMW's M Series performance cars and $499 for track time in a Mini, or have a blank check ready for two days of "M School" that include ground transportation, hotels, and meals.

Racing Adventures
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Racing Adventures

Locations: Various
For $275 to $400 for three laps or $449 to $775 for six laps, you can jump into a Lamborghini Gallardo, Lamborghini Huracán, McLaren MP4 12C, Ferrari 488 GTB, and various other supercars as part of a multitrack experience at Racing Adventures. That doesn't count the $50 to $120 you'll spend on insurance, but it's still less than the $1,400 to $2,600 it'll cost to use those same cars during driving school sessions.

Exotics Racing
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Exotics Racing

Location: Various
It's admittedly a somewhat bare-bones experience, but these facilities in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Spring Mountain, Nevada, offer roughly 60 supercars at less than $50 per lap. If you really want to put a Porsche 991 GT3 or EXR LVO2 to the test as part of a day of driving lessons, costs start around $2,000.

Fast Toys
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Fast Toys

Locations: Los Angeles and San Francisco
California-based Fast Toys didn't start a club just to give people a means of showing off: It did so to provide cost-effective access to various dream cars. For $8,000 a year, members can drive up to 700 miles in a vehicle of their choice: Ranging from the "Starsky and Hutch" Gran Torino to a Caterham CT03 Formula 1 car, the Fast Toys collection gives members a broad array of supercars with a look at how much fun they could be having (and money they could save) by becoming club members instead of leasing or buying.

Club Sportiva
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Club Sportiva

Locations: Various throughout California
Starting at $180 a month, Club Sportiva provides access to Ferraris and Lamborghinis, as well as Teslas, Lotuses, a Dodge Viper, and, oddly, a Fiat 500e. For $799, you can take vehicles on an exotic car sprint through the countryside; for $1,249, take a full, eight-hour exotic car tour of California's back roads.

Lou La Vie
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Lou La Vie

Locations: New York and Miami
The cars are gorgeous, but the Lou La Vie Members Club's best feature is its clubhouse. Stocked with vibrant artwork, a cigar and wine lounge (complete with lockers), a movie theater, a billiards hall, a bespoke menswear tailor, a library, and an on-call barber and stylist, the 25,000-square-foot clubhouse has a separate $5,000 membership for folks who don't care for the cars. For access to a fleet of exotic, sports, SUV, and luxury vehicles, it'll cost $20,000 a year (with a $5,000 access fee) for a base membership.

106 Drivers Club
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106 Drivers Club

Locations: Various
McLaren already offers some great experiences for its vehicle owners, but what if you aren't lucky enough to get your hands on one? British racer Ray Bellm founded what was once known as the McLaren F1 Owners Club — now split from the name and rebranded the 106 Drivers Club, but focused on driving rare McLarens through various, pristine countrysides.

South Beach Exotic Rentals
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South Beach Exotic Rentals

Location: Miami Beach
If you want to bee seen in a sweet ride on South Beach, it'll cost you. The budget car in South Beach Exotic Rentals collection is a Cadillac Escalade that goes for $250 a day. Rolls-Royce, Bentley, and Lamborghini vehicles range from $1,500 to $3,800 a day, while the prize of the collection – a Bugatti Veyron – will cost $25,000 for just a day. As Consumer Reports points out, you could buy a lot of cars for that price.

Skip Barber Racing School
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Skip Barber Racing School

Locations: Various
We're kind of stretching "supercars" here, as Skip Barber's most notable offering is a Mustang GT. But Skip Barber Racing made its name teaching people how to race in open-wheel cars, and its Formula E vehicles still fill that need at its facility just outside Toronto.

Bertil Roos Racing School
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Bertil Roos Racing School

Locations: Various
Bertil Roos will let you learn to race with your own car for $495 to $525, but using its open-wheel formula cars will set you back about $600 for a half-day session, $1,295 for a road-racing adventure, and up to $6,350 for a five-day course. There aren't a whole lot of open-wheel options for U.S. drivers — Roos facilities in Pennsylvania and Florida fill a gap left by Skip Barber — but Roos is your best bet for getting the feel of a Formula vehicle.

SpeedVegas
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SpeedVegas

Location: Las Vegas
While you can take a Corvette Z51 or Nissan GT-R out on the private, 1.5-mile SpeedVegas track for $49 a lap, Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches, and Audis will cost $89. Drifting ($99) and Baja-truck off-road ($495) packages are also available, and multi-supercar packages that give drivers laps in various Lamborghinis and Ferraris run from $700 to $2,000.

Ferrari World
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Ferrari World

Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Ferrari World is more of a Ferrari-branded theme park than anything else, but did you expect Ferrari not to include driving experiences? Starting at $216, you can drive around Ferrari World's island home in a convertible with a trained instructor. For those worried about scratching the paint, Ferrari World also offers Formula 1 simulators and go karts for the $80 price of admission.

Gotham Dream Cars
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Gotham Dream Cars

Locations: Various
The name implies New York, but Gotham will ship cars anywhere and has them available in Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, Las Vegas, San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. While the fleet includes Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches, Range Rovers, and a Rolls-Royce, you're locking them up for two to three days at a time for prices stretching from $1,500 to more than $5,000. If you dream somewhat smaller, a Corvette Z06 can be had for less than $250 a day, depending on the date.