Supercars are normally confined to adults, but TrackDays.co.uk is offering children between the ages of 10 and 17 the opportunity to take the wheel of a Ferrari 458 Italia or a Lamborghini Gallardo LP570 Performante on a racetrack.
Obviously, there’s a professional driver supervising them from the passenger seat, but the kid is allowed to drive a powerful supercar around a track for six miles. I’m genuinely not sure if the chaos of a 10-year-old would be scarier than the unearned bravado of a 15-year-old but either way, I hope those instructors are getting danger pay.
“We are incredibly excited to be able to bring this experience to kids who probably never imagined that they could end up driving the car of their dreams, or from the poster on their bedroom wall,” says Dan Jones of TrackDays.co.uk. “It’s certainly a step up from a first driving experience in their parents’ car to get behind the wheel of a 200mph+ Ferrari or Lamborghini!”
The Junior Platinum Supercar experience, as it’s being called, is available at 10 tracks around the U.K., which include the Anglesey Circuit in North Wales that has been seen on shows like Fifth Gear, and Dunsfold Park, which is better known as the Top Gear test track.
If that wasn’t bragging rights enough for your 10-year-old, the cars are pretty impressive, too. The Ferrari 458 Italia‘s V8 engine makes 562 hp (419 kW/570 PS), which propels the car to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 3.4 seconds and onto a top speed of 210 mph (338 km/h). The Lamborghini Gallardo‘s V10, meanwhile, makes a similar amount of power and is capable of getting to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.9 seconds. Its top speed is 201 mph (323 km/h).
Prices for the event start at just £79.00 ($104 at current exchange rates), making it a much better Easter present than a chocolate rabbit, even if it’s somewhat more expensive.