Speed VegasWe visit Las Vegas about once a year or so. I don't gamble and I am not much into the night life either but Vegas has many more things to do than that. One great example is Speed Vegas. I found this a few years ago and it has been on my list to try for a while. I finally did it. I would recommend it to others. They have a nice selection of cars and you get to take them on a track at speed, where these sports cars belong. While you can rent cars like these and drive them around on the street, that is actually more money and you will never (legally anyway) feel what they can really do. At Speed Vegas though you do get to feel the car at speed on a track. They have great instructors and the process is simple. If you have never been on track at speed, this is a great way to get introduced to it. If you have done track days, this is a great way to see what those cars you have been pining away for are really like without having to buy one. While the cost is about the same as entry to a track weekend, this is a different thing being able to drive their cars.
Looking at the selection of cars the 2 I wanted to drive most were the Ferrari (458 or 488) and the Porsche GT3 RS. Since I had never even driven a Ferrari, I chose the 488 with their 5 lap package.
The track is a collecting of small corners along the back and a decent straight on the front.
If you have never done track days before, I would recommend starting Speed Vegas with the Cayman. It is less money and it would be a blast at this track. When I was there they had a Cayman GTS and 5 laps in it was under $200. I would think this would be the best bang for the buck your first time here. Then once you are familiar with the track in the Cayman, try one of the more exotic cars next time. For me I plan to try the GT3 RS next time, presuming they still have it then.
The Ferrari 488
This is the first Ferrari I had ever driven. I rode through town in a 430 once but that was my total time in a Ferrari up to now. This car makes about 660HP. My Cayman S makes less than half that. The Ferrari does weigh about 300lbs more than the Cayman S though. The brakes were great. They were steel rotors for track duty but had a solid feel and you could push them very hard. They were easy to modulate and not prone to lockup. Honestly, it was similar to my Cayman S with moderate track pads. We had it in sport mode the whole time. The traction control seemed aggressive in this mode. I am pretty sure the delay in power was much more than turbo lag. At some times under hard cornering when you wanted to apply the power and track out it was very slow to respond. It had more under steer than I like at times too. As far as cornering, it did not feel like it had anything over my Cayman S. Once the power came on full it accelerated nicely but was never a handful. The car was great to drive but honestly I still love my Cayman S. Maybe if I drove the car much more, and took it to a few track weekends I would change my mind but I doubt it. I left still loving my Cayman S which is a good thing.