BMW M4 GT4 race car
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You Can Drive an Exotic Sports Car at These 21 Race Tracks

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BMW M4 GT4 race 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
Daimler

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 Experience Center
Porsche Experience Center

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 $345. 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. 


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TrackCar4Rent
TrackCar4Rent

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.


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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  cost is, you likely shouldn't fill out that application.

Classic Car Club
Classic Car Club

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.


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Enterprise Exotic Cars
Enterprise

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
Dream Drive Exotics

Dream Drive Exotics

Location: Various

This is about as low-frills 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 $99. (A brisk few laps will cost you $199 and up.)

Xtreme Xperience
Xtreme Xperience

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 $69, but driving privileges start at $199 for a three-lap sprint.

Dream Racing
Dream Racing

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 Huracán GT for $1,899 (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 M4 GT4 race car
BMW

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 performance cars. For $2,795 you can suit up and spend a whole day driving M and M4 GT4 (pictured) race cars at the Thermal track.

Racing Adventures
Racing Adventures

Racing Adventures

Locations: Various

For $300 to $400 for three laps or $525 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.

Exotics Racing
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Fast Toys
Fast Toys

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 $99 a month, members save 30 percent on driving a vehicle of their choice. With prices ranging from $499 to $8000 a day, that discount makes a difference. 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
Club Sportiva

Club Sportiva

Locations: Various throughout California

Starting at $180 a month, Club Sportiva provides access to Ferraris and Lamborghinis, as well as Teslas, Lotuses, BMWs and Maseratis. 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.

South Beach Exotic Rentals
South Beach Exotic Rentals

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 $900 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.


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Skip Barber Racing School
Skip Barber Racing School

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
Bertil Roos Racing School

Bertil Roos Racing School

Locations: Various

Bertil Roos will let you learn to race its open-wheel formula cars for about $600 for a half-day session, $1,350 for a road-racing adventure, and up to $6,655 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
SpeedVegas

SpeedVegas

Location: Las Vegas

While you can take a Corvette Z51 or Porsche Cayman 718 R out on the private, 1.5-mile SpeedVegas track for $69 a lap, Ferraris and Lamborghinis will cost $199. Drifting ($99) and off-road ($299) packages are also available, and multi-supercar packages that give drivers laps in various Lamborghinis and Ferraris run from $550 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 $135, 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
Gotham Dream Cars

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.


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BMW X7
BMW

Hertz Dream Collection

Locations: Various

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, BMWs and Teslas to choose from. If your dream car wasn't made in Germany or the U.S., though, it's likely not here.