I know that one should never "look a gift horse in the mouth" as this experience was a gift. However, the closest circuit to my home was a 90 minute drive and the experience was over and done with in 10 minutes.
On arrival at Goodwood, I registered, signed a disclaimer, copied others in finding a helmet, waited 15 mins for my name to be called, got in the Ferrari, completed 3 laps, thanked the instructor, got out of the Ferrari, and then left.
Honestly, the whole experience felt like being on a conveyor belt and was something of an anti-climax. It was also, more about going fast around a track than experiencing the thrill of a Ferrari, I could have been in any car and had the same kind of experience.
I've been on driving experiences before. And they have included, a welcome briefing which covers, safety, the track layout, how to get the best out of the drive and getting kitted out. Some timed laps, an opportunity to buy more laps, a print-out of your lap times, photo's etc. These experiences were designed to focus on the driving skills around a track, but felt like a real experience. Something to remember.
To make the Ferrari experince better, I would have loved some or all of the following (all aimed at experiencing the Ferrari):
- A few minutes to be introduced to the car, some of it's features and history and to get to look around the interior and engine bay. After-all most people never own a Ferrari, let alone sit in one and drive it.
- A chance to do a type of drag strip run, to get feel for the acceleration and breaking abilities.
- An audio type experience where the car is driven through a tunnel or stopped under a bridge to have a chance to listen the emotive sound of the car.
- A couple of laps as a passenger being shown what the car is capable of.
- A few timed laps driving the car around the track perhaps with some telemetry showing where I had accelerated, breaked, turned etc compared to where a Pro would have made those manoeuvers.
- A chance to buy some more laps if required.
- A photo standing outside the car
In summary the report card for the day would definitely be "Very poor effort, must do better"