Making your Ferrari fantasies come true

Fri Sep 26, 2008 10:27am EDT
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By Chris Reese

MILLVILLE, New Jersey (Reuters Life!) - It's the stuff of fantasy, driving a Ferrari on a private racetrack at over 130 miles per hour, and then an Aston Martin, a Mercedes AMG, a Porsche Turbo and a Lamborghini Gallardo.

"Drive it like you stole it," said a representative from Supercar Life before closing the door on a $175,000 Ferrari F430, a silver beauty with a top speed near 200 miles per hour.

Supercar Life, a Massachusetts-based company that was set up in 2003, enables its mostly-male customers to drive five of the world's fastest cars on a private racetrack.

But at $5000 the day-long fantasy doesn't come cheap.

For the money customers get eight laps around the twisting, 2.25 mile course in five luxury cars. Four laps are in the passenger seat while a professional driver maneuvers the course, but four others are at the wheel, chasing the instructor in an identical car.

"When you drive them back-to-back it is almost like a wine tasting, you get a sample of each," said Mark Hamilton Peters, one of the drivers.

"Don't be shy with the pedal, it's not your car," he added with a smile.

The business is the brainchild of Jan Otto, a 48-year old who sold jets and high-end audiovisual equipment. In addition to New Jersey, the company also holds events in Florida, California and Los Vegas.   Continued...

<p>A Ferrari F612 Scaglietti is displayed during the first media day of the 78th Geneva Car Show at the Palexpo in Geneva March 4, 2008. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse</p>