I’ve had one recurring dream my entire life. It started when I was a teenager and in the dream I’m tuning the motor of a Porsche 911 Carrera. I can trace the root of my obsession with cars to my time in high school auto shop.
I loved to tinker as a teen, and into my twenties, being beneath the hood was what got me fired up. Over the years, I’ve worked on more old cars that I can count (including many that would be considered classics today). Perhaps most of them the polar opposite of the Porsche’s sleek lines and distinct-from-a-distance engine sounds, but rare is rare. Some kids like sports. For me, the real game was in a garage.
I used to think that the best I could hope for was to befriend benevolent Ferrari, McLaren or Audi R8 owners who were amenable to occasionally tossing the keys my way. But I can almost guarantee that they wouldn’t appreciate me driving their performance vehicles the way I was recently able to experience at Exotics Racing in Los Angeles.
My wife knows how much I love cars so for Christmas, I was gifted with five exhilarating laps behind the wheel of a Lamborghini Huracan. Giving folks a taste of what track driving is all about is one thing: Exotics is entirely another. Here you are able to race the supercar of your dreams on a closed track with a professional driver in the passenger seat encouraging you to push the car to its limits (with appropriate safety measures taken, of course). At first, I was just happy to be behind the wheel, but after the third lap, my fear of wrecking this incredible machine began to fade.
Since 2009, Exotics has been pumping its customers full of adrenaline on the track, by taking the wheel of one incredible machine or another, and pushing performance to its outside limits.
Exotic’s professionally designed racetrack offers the best straights and double apexes over its 1.2 mile length. Many auto enthusiasts, myself included, have taken the risk on open stretches of highway and country roads a time or two, pushing the pedal down a little too far, watching for the red and blue lights as highway patrol catches on. Here, you can rip around the same curve over and over without fear of a ticket or getting arrested. And there is a team of incredible professional instructors to guide you through the true capacity of the cars, as well as the basics you thought you learned in Mario Kart, but never actually tested out on paved road. In fact, these professionals aren’t there to rein you in or hold you back in any way … just the opposite. They want you to experience the thrill of the ride to full effect. Understeer, oversteer, progressive throttle. What 640 horsepower really feels like.
The largest fleet of exotic supercars awaits: from Italy, you’ve got Ferrari and Lamborghini - from Britain, the Aston Martin, and the cream of Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and Nissan’s crop as well. First in safety and service in the industry, Exotics Racing is the original supercar experience, designed to keep you dreaming about the drive far beyond your last lap on the track. Let’s be honest, we all have that vision of some valet accidentally tossing over the keys to a Ferrari 458 Italia after dinner out one night, but the chances of that actually happening are about as good as my first 911 winning a head-to-head with its 2019 counterpart. Plus, just handing over the keys like that is asking for trouble. The team of professional at Exotics take each driver through safety instruction, and then a side-by-side ride along.
Choose from a single ride, multi-car packages, even a 3-person drifting ride along, where the G-forces stack up. After inspecting all of the gorgeous marvels of automotive engineering on hand and sliding behind the wheel of the bright green Lamborghini Huracan I was going to drive, my 11-year-old son expressed enthusiasm (much to his father’s delight) about the opportunity to ride along when Formula Drift Driver Hiro Sumida would drift the Dodge Challenger Hellcat through two teeth-clenching, adrenaline pumping laps that would reach speeds in excess of 110 miles an hour and burn some serious rubber.
I haven’t had that dream in the weeks since my Exotics Racing experience. Perhaps because I now know I can get my “fix” anytime the need for speed strikes. I can still smell the garage, and the tire rubber and oil and grease. The feel of the towel in my hand and hard wax underneath my fingernails. But there is just something so satisfying about whipping around a track at close to top speed in one of the world’s finest supercars, or going 0-60 in three seconds flat. Having said that, I’m certain our experience will inspire recurring dreams for my son and I for years to come.
Exotics Racing is located at 9300 Cherry Avenue in Fontana (they also operate a second location in Las Vegas).
For information, call (909) 201-7679 or visit www.exoticsracing.com