The program, revealed and operated by TrackDays, is called the Junior Platinum Supercar Experience. Available at 10 different tracks around the UK (including places like Dunsfold Aerodrome and Anglesey Circuit), parents can spend as few as 80 British Pounds (about $105). These children are then given access to either a Ferrari 458 Italia or a Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Spyder Performante to drive on the track of choice.
Both vehicles have a horsepower rating of 562, which provides a 0-62 mph time of either 3.4 or 3.9 seconds, depending on which vehicle they choose.
This isn’t the start of TrackDays’ children centric driving experiences. The service offers a wide selection of opportunities for children to drive a car on a closed course, with options ranging for kids as young as 6 years old. These options include lower power vehicles like a Chevy Camero or Batman Style vehicles. But this is the first time they’re offering something as powerful as the Spyder Performante.
They’re not setting the stage for a terrible accident, either. Understandably, our first concern is when an out of control child crashes into a bar, ditch, or whatever they manage to find. TrackDays assures potential customers that they have systems in place to prevent that from happening.
“We let your 10-16-year-olds behind the wheel of some the world’s fastest, most expensive supercars, but we ensure there are a number of safety precautions in place before they ever get behind the wheel. Our cars have either dual controls, similar to that of conventional driving instructors cars, whilst others have been fitted with a kill-switch which will bring the vehicle to a safe controlled stop should it be necessary.”
If you are in the UK, and have a child interested in cars, this sounds like a tremendously fun experience for them. Time to start looking around for something similar in the States. Otherwise, more information about these experiences can be found online.