Lonely Planet Writer

Las Vegas' latest attraction will have you speeding to a good time

If you ever feel the need to channel your inner Lewis Hamilton and happen to be holidaying in Las Vegas, then Sin City’s latest attraction may be right up your street.

A Porsche 918 Spyder.
A Porsche 918 Spyder. Image by Tobiasvde / CC BY-SA 2.0

SPEEDVEGAS lets wannabe F1 and NASCAR drivers test their skills on a purpose-built 1.5 mile racetrack in the city’s suburbs. Visitors can choose from a dazzling menu of cars to drive, which includes millions of dollars’ worth of motors … Ferraris, Porsches, Lamborghinis and Corvettes. Drivers can pay by the lap with prices starting at US$50 and rising, depending on the particular car that is chosen.

For those looking for the fast and furious experience, but lacking the courage to do the driving themselves, a ride-along drifting experience is also available. It costs US$99 and is two laps of high-speed racing on the track with a professional driver who “possesses an astonishing lack of fear”. Packages are also available for anybody who feels just a lap or two of the track will not sate their need for speed.

The “ultimate” includes five laps on the track in an Italian supercar – a Ferrari 458 Italia or Lamborghini Huracan – both of which can reach top speeds of 200 miles per hour (that’s 320 kph for metric people). For US$445, you also get professional coaching, access to the pit area, an open invitation to bring friends and family to watch from the stand, and a complimentary pick-up from all of Las Vegas’ major resorts.

The track’s operators recommend visitors wear sports casual and practical shoes to make sure they can put the foot down on those close-together pedals. Helmets are provided free of charge and cameras can be mounted on cars to endlessly relive the moment your car reached top speed on the half a mile long straight.