The Richard Petty Driving Experience is a must-do for racing fans who visit the Walt Disney World Resort. But not everyone dreams of driving a race car. On the other hand, almost everyone has watched as a high performance automobile, such as a Ferrari or Lamborghini, zoomed by them on the road and said to themselves, “Gee, I wish I could drive one of those.” That’s the premise behind “Exotic Driving Experience” where you get the chance to drive, or ride along, inside a very expensive automobile and put it through its paces.
Exotic Driving Experience opens officially today and this weekend The Disney Blog was invited out to experience it ourselves. Disney has modified its existing Walt Disney World Speedway track to include a new infield section with hard turns and sweeping esses, that will offer unique challenges and lots of fun for drivers. Driving experiences start at $199 and Thrill Rides with a professional driver behind the wheel start at $99.
Lots more below the jump including on-board POV video of Christian Fittipaldi putting a Ferrari 458 Italia through its paces around the track:
During the pre-drive briefing, the experience is introduced by former Formula One driver Christian Fittipaldi (currently racing stock cars in his native Brazil). For the press-event Fittipaldi on hand for interviews and to give one lucky person a ride around the track. Guess who the lucky rider was? Not me, but my wife Stacey who sometimes covers Disney events for this blog when I have to work. I’m more than a little jealous.
Before the ride, she was able interview Fittipaldi, but the noise got a little too loud. So like a trooper she continued the interview while in the car and zooming around the track. Fittipaldi handled it like the professional he is. Watch the video below for the on-ride POV video, where you can also hear my wife asking questions about the experience. Or click to see the side-by-side video you can buy after your ride.
For more information about the Exotic Driving Experience visit their website.