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mrali Feb 11th, 2014 04:37 AM

Ferrari and Lamborghini

has anyone been to ferrari and lamborghini museum? I plan to do them in a day when I am in Bologna. Any advice?

also is there any possibility to test drive any car or f1?


nytraveler Feb 11th, 2014 04:51 AM

I have never heard of test-driving that type of a car until you have demonstrated that you have a significant intention to drive one - usually arrangements made through your local dealer - that you have visited several times. This isn't like walking in to test drive an Accord.

You would also need to demonstrate your driving ability in advance and probably provide info on driving history/clean license.

I know there are programs - which you have to pay for - that allow you limited driving lessons in exotic cars - but they are not cheap - and again, you have to demonstrate you already know how to drive a sophisticated car. (An old boyfriend of mine did this. He took a week of classes, but I think they hae them for as little as half a day. Dont't know the coast of details but I imagine you can google them.)

Dickie_Gr Feb 11th, 2014 04:58 AM

My brother has done this, the museum does not offer test drives but there are private companies which offer a drive and a visit. It is expensive compared with a simple visit.p

Do not even contemplate an F1 drive. Nobody, anywhere will let you near a car, it takes huge amounts of structured, developed training to even keep one on the track. The car needs speed in its tyres to gain grip, to do this driver builds laps up at increasing speeds. It isn't easy and you will probably kill yourself if you get it wrong.

Jean Feb 11th, 2014 08:16 AM

There are companies in/near Bologna that rent street-legal Ferraris, Lambos and other exotics for daily rates of 2000+ euros with very limited mileage allowances. A Ferrari 458 or F12 would probably be closer to 2500 or 3000 euros a day. But, who knows, maybe you can negotiate an hourly rate.

RoamsAround Feb 11th, 2014 09:16 AM

Actually, there are a number of one day and multi day "race schools" where you can learn to drive and get seat time in an F1 car throughout England and Europe. Here's a link to one of them

Google "Formula 1 driving experience" or "drive an F1 Car" for lots of info and links.

FYI - it is not inexpensive - think in terms of 2000+ euros a day.

There are also many companies that rent Ferraris and Lamborghinies by the day or week and also companies that offers escorted 7 to 10 day "exotic car" driving vacations - you get a chance to drive several different Ferrari models and stay in wonderful B&B's while you traverse the Italian countryside. These trips are not for the budget minded.

Not to hijack this thread but going to race driving school is a real adrenalin rush. I did a 5-day school driving a state of the art Formula 3 cars. We reached speeds of 180 mph. The last day was spent on qualifying and finally a "race". I started 7th and finished 3rd - not bad for a 64 YO guy racing against a bunch of 20-something "hot shoes". I also got a chance to drive 64 laps in an Indy Car.

But, to get back to OP's situation - the only way to drive an exotic car is to either pay your way, and it won't be cheap, or make friends with someone who ones one and maybe he/she will let you take it for a spin.

Dickie_Gr Feb 11th, 2014 10:26 AM

Those look like F1 cars but have 3.5 Cosworth engines giving about 600 hp at 11,000rpm.

Current cars were limited to 18,000 rpm and produce nearly 1000 hp.

Put into context my road car produces 425hp.

They look like F1 but they are not.

I think my brother paid about 100 euros for 15 minutes in a F458.

Dickie_Gr Feb 11th, 2014 10:31 AM

But they are pretty much what I have driven and really good safe fun.

Janetd5 Feb 11th, 2014 06:50 PM

Haven't experienced any of the tours offered, but maybe this is what the OP is looking for?

mrali Feb 12th, 2014 03:50 AM

thanks for the feedback everyone.

this whole idea of driving sounds interesting :) i guess its a once in life time thing so i should better do it :) I have seen many websites, some offer 20 mins of driving or few laps.

if anyone has used any private company kindly let me know as i am looking forward to it!

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