Car lovers take a spin in 'super cars'

FONTANA Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Aston Martin, or Mercedes AMG -- driving any of these cars could be a real thrill. But how about getting to drive all of them on a race track at full throttle?

"I went ahead and bought 10 'super cars,' five different marks. And we take them to racetracks with professional drivers, and people pay us to come drive them," said Supercar Life founder Jan Otto.

For $5,000, anyone can experience a day of exotic car thrills at tracks like the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. At your disposal are $800,000 worth of cars, with a total of over 2,400 horsepower.

Each car is the best from its maker, and each is a little different from the others.

For your money, you not only get access to the exotic cars and access to the racetrack, but - most importantly - professional instruction. The instructors first run the drivers through drills, so everyone gets to experience the subtleties of handling -- and maximum power and braking.

Going zero to 60 and back to zero as quickly as possible in these high-end beauties is like nothing you could ever hope to do on the street.

"You can't do this. You can't go to the dealer and say, 'Hey, give me the keys,' and take it out and beat the crap out of it, you know," said participant Bruce McDonnell.

After everyone becomes familiar with the cars, it's time to hit the big track of the speedway. One-hundred-miles-per-hour-plus on the main straight is a cinch -- and it's where these cars really hit their stride.

Groups are kept small, so there's plenty of seat time. It's only one day, after all. But for most who do it, it's a very special day.

"You know, if you're a car enthusiast, I don't know any other thing you can do like this," said participant David McConnell. "It's terrific."

And would participants recommend this to their friends?

"No. I want to be the only one who did it," laughed McDonnell.

Supercar Life will go to other tracks around the country, and plans to make several stops each year in Fontana. For anyone who's ever dreamed of driving an exotic car, this is definitely a day to remember.

"At the end of the day, they got a big grin on their face, they're calling their friends, they're signing up for another day. We've had a lot of repeat customers already," said Otto.

For some, $5,000, or even $10,000, isn't too much to spend for this kind of fun.


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