Advise: would you hire your Ferrari for a corporate day?

Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by CharlieUK, Aug 25, 2004.

  1. CharlieUK

    CharlieUK Karting

    Jun 30, 2004
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    Would love some feedback/ advice please.

    I have been approached by a company to hire my 355 for a corporate day (for a banking client) @ Silverstone. My car will be used as follows:

    - There will be 25 people going through my 355 over a 5 hour period. (3 hrs in morning (with 10 min break per hour) and 2 hours in afternoon (with 10 min break per hour). ie my 355 will be running for 4 hrs, 10 mins.
    - In total my 355 will do 75-100 laps (ie 3-4 laps per person) of the Silverstone GP circuit.
    - The circuit is 3.2 miles long, therefore 75 laps x 3.2 miles= 240 miles and 100 laps x 3.2 miles= 320 miles. Say on average 280 miles.

    The company I have been approached by will provide an instructor to be in the car at all times, cover fuel and insurance.

    I take the car to Silverstone, be there all day and bring the car back again.

    They have offered me £1300. What do you think?
  2. GrahamS

    GrahamS F1 Veteran

    May 29, 2004
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    Grandmaster G
    Bearing in mind it's going to be thrashed for 4 hours solid I wouldn't think £1300 is anywhere near enough compensation to sort out any possible problems.

    You can probably budget £500 of that straight away for some new back tyres.

    That leaves you £800 to sort out anything else which isn't nearly enough.

    I'd tell em to stick it
  3. tonyh

    tonyh F1 World Champ
    Lifetime Rossa Owner

    Dec 23, 2002
    S W London
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    Tony H
    Not a chance. 100 track laps is very hard on a car . Manifolds are £1.3 k a side to replace, 2 new rear tyres will be £400 , your brake discs are at risk of warping & pads will be shot to pieces.There's way too much chance of an inexperienced driver causing damage to your engine or worse, stacking the car.
  4. RAY430RED

    RAY430RED Formula 3

    Nov 1, 2003
    Marlborough Wilts
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    Ray F
    Charlie you must be raving bonkers even thinking about it That would just about cover wear and tear and expeneses What about if one of those guys buzzes the engine (changing down from fifth to secend at high revs )or blows it up No instructer being in the car could prevent that There is no amount of money that would make me share any of my cars with twenty five people that have never driven a Ferrari before ,or come to that even if they had

  5. CharlieUK

    CharlieUK Karting

    Jun 30, 2004
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    Thanks guys. I am in total agreement with you all. Even if it was say £2000, the money sounds tempting, but no way.

    As I have been approached, just wanted to hear your feedback. Also in case anyone else on Fchat is approached to hire their 355, then they have all the facts.
  6. Spyder-Man

    Spyder-Man Formula 3

    May 11, 2004
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    Charlie, Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo ! don't do it ! ! ! !

    You might as well load 5 of the chambers in a .357 magnum and play Russian roulette!

    You can't love your car that much if you even consider this! 25 total nutters in your pride and joy.

    Have you ever had a hire car on holiday? Did you not thrash it to within an inch of it's life ?

    I rest my case m'lud. .. . .

  7. basher

    basher Karting

    Jan 19, 2004
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    Fraser B
    Trust me - its a no go

    I do a fair amount of track stuff adn £1300 does not cover you enough

    I gurantee your brake pads will go, (they tend to smoke after a few hard laps) disks might warp, tyres will be chewed up, stone chips galore and that is if it is lucky enough to stay on the black stuff...some munson is bound to get a little overexcited adn might take an excursion off road .....

    10 mins rest every hour is not enough....cats will prob be red hot all day adn therefore manifold stress could lead to cracking ....

    I can go on and on but you get the idea......

    I know what i am doing on a track (be quiet Tony!!) and my last excursion saw new brake pads needed, new front tyres, a apint job adn a dent removed from clipping a cone.....

    Forget it mate.....tell em to get one of their own.....and the reason they wont is the same as the list i have just typed out !!!!

  8. noony

    noony F1 Veteran

    Nov 25, 2003
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    Pads will be gone tyres gone possibly clutch and a good chance of bodywork damage
  9. LetsJet

    LetsJet F1 Veteran

    May 24, 2004
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    Why don't you suggest 3000.00 plus any repairs for damage?
  10. stevetr

    stevetr Formula Junior

    Sep 29, 2003
    Surrey, UK
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    Sorry, couldn't resist:

  11. kenyon

    kenyon F1 Rookie

    Oct 7, 2002
    East Yorkshire
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    Justin Kenyon
    £7500 plus any damage or repairs...

    AHMTHSSN Karting

    Apr 16, 2004
    London, UK
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    If it was my own Ferrari then NO.

    I worked for a garage that hired Ferrari's for such occasions and I use to take the cars and stay there to watch that the cars didn't get abused (there had been a couple of times when the tyres and brakes were compeletely sh*gged making the cars undriveable).

    You will need to fit track day pads as the standard ones will probably overheat and the the pedal will almost cetainly feel "spongy" at the end of the day.

    It also depends on the instructor in your car. Some don't let the drivers go over a certain rev range and some let the drivers do whatever they want.
  13. jeffQV

    jeffQV F1 Rookie

    Feb 13, 2004
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    in a!
  14. BigTex

    BigTex Seven Time F1 World Champ
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    Dec 6, 2002
    Houston, Texas
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    Sure...each male driver would have to turn over the wife or gf as collateral.

    While they have their way with your car, well...........;)
  15. matkat

    matkat Formula 3

    Mar 18, 2003
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    Dave McGuire
    10k plus they pay for ANYTHING that needs fixed in the 3 months after the event.
  16. Ade

    Ade Formula 3

    Jan 31, 2004
    I'd hire out a girlfriend for that price, no problems :) ..... !

    For the Motor.... ummmmm 10K would sell it to me.
  17. HectorZauss

    HectorZauss Guest

    Aug 17, 2004
    I wouldn't be tempted at any price. Just think of the way you treated your last hire car - then multiply the abuse factor a few times and that's the punishment your car will get.
    Its the same with hiring out to film companies - forget it.
  18. ferrari355gtb

    ferrari355gtb Formula 3

    Nov 3, 2003
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    Anyone ever hired a car and taken it on a track day ?
  19. 360CS

    360CS F1 Rookie

    Nov 1, 2003
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    Joe J


    Its a good idea, good plan with a high miler which can be thrashed and kept running on a beer plan/not champers.....

    Looking forward to seeing the new car...

    Enjoy the ride
  20. Dem

    Dem Formula 3

    Mar 21, 2004
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    Must be kidding!

    Just ask any self respecting company car driver how many times he / she bothers using the clutch pedal when changing gear in a manual transmission car. Now consider that driver in your car on a track........ Mmmmmm.....
  21. 360CS

    360CS F1 Rookie

    Nov 1, 2003
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    Joe J

    Your kidding right??? :)
  22. noony

    noony F1 Veteran

    Nov 25, 2003
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    There was a hired 360 spider at a trackday once

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