Speciale Rental???

Discussion in 'Tracking & Driver Education' started by twist-a-grip, Nov 27, 2017.

  1. twist-a-grip

    twist-a-grip Karting

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    I'm too big of a sissy to take my Speciale to the track, so I was wondering if anyone knows where I could rent a Speciale for a track day in the US? Did a 5 minute google search and found a few places with 458/488s, but no Speciales. I have a dedicated track car, so I know what happens on the track and I don't want to subject my pristine car to that environment.
     
  2. Ingenere

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    I don't know of any places that rent Speciales. I am an instructor and my CS has been to the track and it hasn't melted, blown up or been damaged. You've bought an amazing, track focused car. Take it where it belongs. Unless you routinely stuff cars, it will be just fine and I bet you will be smiling.
     
  3. twist-a-grip

    twist-a-grip Karting

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    Certainly not worried about the car's mechanicals at the track. My track car has a scuffed up front splitter and rear diffuser from g-outs around certain tracks, my windshield is horribly pitted and has 4 large rock chips, and my wheels have numerous rock chips - thank god I protected the entire car's paint. All easily replaced for a few grand, but not so much for a Speciale.

    Mainly, I know I wouldn't be nearly aggressive in my Speciale, but someone's Speciale is another story. Every drive in the Speciale gives me more confidence, but I know a day or two on the track will give me a much better feel for the car and its limits. I suppose an Italia wouldn't be materially different, so if I can't find a Speciale next year, I'll just do that.
     
  4. schumacherf2006

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    I'll take it out for you :)
     
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  5. ferrame

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  7. twist-a-grip

    twist-a-grip Karting

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    Great pics ferrame!

    Not gonna argue with that - that's why I want to rent one!! Your profile says you have 5 Ferraris and sold 5 Ferraris. This is my first and only Ferrari (so far) - I bought it in July with 700 miles and not one flaw, so I'm trying to keep it all nice and pretty. I spent nearly 2 years trying to find the right car and it doesn't make sense to me to beat the crap out of it on the track when I have a faster car for that purpose, so I'm hoping I can find a place that rents one.
     
  8. 95spiderman

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    How about renting a track instead of a speciale? Then you can drive your car and not worry about other cars, rock chips, rubber, etc. Probably same cost as rent car If split $ with few friends. And even if you find speciale to rent, for sure you will have someone in passenger seat who will not permit really hard driving.
     
  9. twist-a-grip

    twist-a-grip Karting

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    I’ve never rented a car for the track before and didn’t know you have to drive with an instructor even if you can prove you have proper experience. If that’s the case and they don’t allow an experienced driver to push it, then I’ll pass - waste of my time. Thanks for the info.
     
  10. 95spiderman

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    Im just assuming they would insist on instructor given value of car. Can definitely rent spec miata, 3 series bmw, etc as race car and go at it but speciale is more like the vegas experience where you drive w instructor for few laps. You'd be better off renting a track for your car
     
  11. ferrame

    ferrame Formula 3
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    That was exactly what I had done at the track. The dealer had arranged a track date for their clients to explore and experiment the high speed driving based on an individual client driving skill and with your own car you can drive as fast as you feel comfortable at.
     

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