Dream Racing Around the Globe

Dream Racing has been making news around the world since opening in 2012. We’ve compiled some of our most recent international highlights.

Estrelas

We were so lucky to get the opportunity to film with the stars of the Brazilian show, Estrelas. With over 40 million viewers, Estralas is one of Brazil’s most popular programs and can be seen every Saturday on Globo Network. Check out the segment and see how celebrity guest, Cléo Pires did on the ride of her life.

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mX Newspaper

Australian journalist, Tyson Otto joined us at the track in January and got the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a Ferrari F430GT. Otto’s article on his trip to Vegas and experience at Dream Racing was published in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane (read more).

 

Telegraph.co.uk

In Vegas concierges are the experts, giving advice to visitors on a daily basis. So when the UK website, Telegraph asked them “What’s the most glamorous experience you can have in Vegas?” Angela Cooper from the Cosmopolitan said Dream Racing and we couldn’t agree more (read more).

 

Soon Accepting Bitcoin

We are excited to announce soon we will be accepting bitcoins as a form of payment for our driving experiences.

 

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Ferrari Takes the Big Screen

Recently nominated for Best Picture at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards, “Rush” depicts the rivalry between professional drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda and features a squadron of Ferraris. Based on a true story, the film is set during the 1976 Formula One season. The Ferrari 312T Scuderia stars in the film and features a powerful flat-12 engine and 510 bhp. The “T” in the name stands for ‘transverse’ which reflects the mounting of the gearbox that improved the car’s handing characteristics.

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Like the movie “Rush”, Dream Racing has its own version of the Scuderia. Showcasing different characteristics from the Formula One design, the 430 Scuderia is lighter and more powerful than the standard 430, giving drivers the closest experience to an actual race car in the super car division. Increased power comes from a revised intake, exhaust and an ion-sensing knock-detection system that allows for a higher compression ratio. The
Ferrari 430 Scuderia accelerates from zero – 100 kilometers per hour (62 mph) in 3.6 seconds with a top speed of 197 mph.

Racing fans can experience the ultimate rush in the Ferrari 430 Scuderia at Dream Racing with five laps beginning at $279.

Driving Tip: Fast Cornering

On a race track the most difficult skill to master is cornering technique.

Before trying to put a car on the absolute limit, it’s important to figure out the racing line around the circuit, and the ideal line to take through each corner for the fastest speed. It’s a common mistake to beginning turning in too early, without reducing speed sufficiently. This compromises the exit to the turn and therefore your speed all the way down the following straight. You may have the car on the limit of its performance while doing this, but it isn’t going as fast as it should be.

Once approaching the corner, stay on the gas up to the braking point and then apply the brakes. Braking pressure should be heavier at the beginning of the braking zone, constant for some time, and then decreasing as the car is approaching the turn-in point. Before starting to steer, the brakes should be released. By this point the car should have slowed sufficiently, allowing it to follow the correct line through the corner. In any case it is bad and common mistake to release all of the sudden the brake pedal, it should always be gradual.

In the first half of the maneuver, the car will continue to shed speed but as the angle on the steering wheel decreases, the car can begin to accelerate. Once past the apex, gradually start to bring the wheel back to level and simultaneously begin pushing the gas pedal. This is also a graduated movement: the faster the car realigns with the next straight, the more gas you can give it. When the car is pointing straight it is ready for maximum throttle.

As a general rule, the ideal line is the one with maximizes the radius of the turn. The bigger the distance over which the turn is completed, the higher the speed you can carry through the corner. It’s important to use as much of the track as you possibly can.

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“The Club” at Dream Racing

An exciting new ownership club has just arrived at Dream Racing and thrill seekers everywhere are reveling in the opportunity to become a member. The elite and exclusive club is open to only ten individuals who wish to have their very own Ferrari F430 GT for the ultimate racing experience.

Beginning at $400,000, membership to the club includes two years of racing and full ownership of a Ferrari F430 GT at the completion of the term. Not to mention, members receive custom gear complete with a fire-proof suit, gloves, shoes and a personalized helmet along with car maintenance and storage. But why own an authentic Ferrari race car if you can’t take it for a spin?

Members have access to fifteen track days per year, with 130 dates to select from, and each race day includes a personal instructor and a pit crew for on-track assistance. Feel the power of the Ferrari F43O GT as the car boasts a high performance V8 engine, F1 automatic clutch paddle shifts and 512 HP at 8500 RPM. The engine features upgrades that you won’t find in any street legal car including an optimized air intake, an enhanced exhaust system and a racing ECU, which combine to provide more power and faster response to the accelerator. Dream Racing is one of the few places in the world where speed junkies can get behind the wheel of an actual Ferrari race car and feel the rush of driving 120 mph.

Taking it up a notch, “The Club” is giving owners the ultimate thrill as they take their very own, track-ready Ferrari F430 GT to heart pounding speeds.

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Nic Sacco, Dream Racing Instructor

An essential part of the Dream Racing experience, the skilled instructors take racing and thrill enthusiasts alike through a simulator session and around the bends of the F1 track. Take a peek into one of the staff members’ favorite parts of the job, the car, and where you can find him when he’s not on the track.

Nic Sacco, Dream Racing Instructor

A South African native that ventured all the way to Las Vegas, Nic Sacco is an integral part of the Dream Racing team. Simply put: Nic loves his job. His favorite part of working day in and day out is all of the awesome people he gets the chance to meet while giving them the opportunity to put their dreams of being a racecar driver into action.

Every day at Dream Racing, Ferrari 430 GTs zip around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway track. The car itself is what sets this racing experience apart from others. You can’t drive it anywhere else in the United States, no one else has it in Las Vegas, and it’s six seconds faster per lap than the street legal Ferrari 458. According to Nic, the car’s best characteristic is its ability to handle corners. At the first turn of the track, the car has the capability to go from 120mph down to 20mph in an impressive time frame all while sticking to the track like glue, making it a very dynamic racecar. Nic’s favorite part of the track is the exhilarating sixth bend – a high speed turn where most people tend to freak out as they have a hard time believing that the car can stay grounded at such high speeds.

Although he has been racing all his life (in one form or another), when Nic isn’t on the track you can find him in the sky as he enjoys flying planes, helicopters and his Wingsuit.

 

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Supercars Join Dream Racing’s Line Up

 

 

What’s new at Dream Racing?

Dream Racing has introduced a new line-up of racing machines, allowing even more thrill seekers the opportunity to drive on track just like the professionals. The new racing division features a variety of luxury supercars including the Ferrari 458 Italia and Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera, McLaren MP4-12C, and Porsche 911 Carrera S.

Why, you ask?

“In the past year we have seen the exhilaration on driver’s faces as they climb out of the racing Ferrari,” said Dream Racing co-owner and former professional race car driver Enrico Bertaggia.  “We wanted to offer a similar thrill with an entry level package that was accessible to a greater number of people, whilst keeping the high standards for which we distinguish ourselves.”

“By adding to our Ferrari fleet with street legal makes and models we are able to expand our offerings with a more affordable experience that still gives people the thrill of driving a sports car on a race-track,” adding the company’s co-owner Adriano De Micheli, also a former racing pro.

Ready to race?

Learn more about the speedy additions to Dream Racing’s squadron with a brief introduction of each make and model as well as what Dream Racing’s professional instructors think:

  • The Ferrari 458 Italia is an exotic sports coupe that boasts a 570-horsepower direct-injected 4.5-liter V8 engine and uncompromising design, integrating style with cutting-edge, track-derived technology. Between the F1-style steering column-mounted shift paddles and magnetic fluid-filled shock absorbers, the fiery roadster allows for extremely quick gear changes and reacts instantly to track conditions and driver inputs.

“I love the 458; it’s easy to drive and lots of fun. It’s sort of like wearing a tailor made suit—everything is built around the driver. The McLaren may have amazing technical features, but a skilled driver in the Ferrari 458 can step up to the challenge, making it my favorite car!” Matt Jaskol

  • Bringing F1 racing technology and performance to the road, the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano strikes a balance between sport and luxury and is sure to impress with its immense power and torque. What makes this Italian grand touring sports coupe unique is the 6.0-liter V12 engine with more than 600 horsepower.

“Although it’s heavier than the mid-engine cars we have, once you turn on the engine and listen to the powerful V12 engine, you’ll want to take this supercar on the track. Just the fact it’s a Ferrari and a V12—that’s all I need.” Jordan Payne

  • The Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera is a modern super car with speed in its lineage. Mainly constructed of  carbon fiber,  the overall weight of the car is reduced, making it the lightest road-legal Lamborghini in its range . Known for a 5.2 liter V10 engine and an extremely smooth ride, the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera will not dissapoint.

“The Lambo is a lot of fun, and what makes it slightly slower than the Ferrari 458 and McLaren is actually what I like about the car! The driver is more in charge, which allows you to drive a perfect lap by managing the weight transfers. Not to mention the sound of the engine and the kick of each gear shift!” Nic Sacco

  • With a touch of British engineering, the McLaren MP4-12C showcases technological innovation that truly pushes the boundaries of sports car development. The car not only has a powerful engine with 625 horsepower, but also has the ability to attack corners with precision. On the design end of the spectrum, the leather and faux suede are sewn to Savile Row standards, bringing a touch of elegance to this super car.

“Coming in with a completely different technical approach, the McLaren is just as fast as the Ferrari 458. This is an amazing car with extraordinary care taken during its building process. Just look at the cockpit and you’ll realize what I’m talking about, even before starting the engine! It looks like it’s from the future.” Alessandro Bressan

  • Once you turn the key to the Porsche 911 Carrera S, the sound of an exhilarating roar will fill the air. The seventh-generation model of the Porsche 911, the Carrera S is built with a lightweight body featuring aluminum-steel composite construction, 400 horsepower, and accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds.

“The Carrera deserves a lot of respect because of its racing history and when you drive it, you’ll understand why. Let’s be honest: it has a 3.8L engine with ‘only’ 400hp. It’s hard to compare to other cars that are in the 600hp power range, but these differences are immediately forgotten once you start driving. It can be a lot of fun!” JT Montes

Matt Jaskol, Chief Instructor at Dream Racing

Originally from California, Matt has called Las Vegas home for more than 20 years. Matt has more than 18 years of driving experience under his belt and has done everything from coaching to professional racing including motorsports, open wheel Indy and Nascar.

Now Matt spends his days racing Ferrari 430 GTs at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway track. As Dream Racing’s Chief Instructor, he ensures that racing hopefuls get the most out of their time on the racecourse through a truly unique driving experience.  The fact that guests get to race a real racecar is the main differentiator between Dream Racing and others. His favorite characteristic of the racing Ferrari is the sound and extreme grip levels, perfect for the track’s high speed corners. He says the corners allow you to be quick, yet technical at the same time, which is key for a great racecourse.

Matt analyzing the telemetry after a client’s driving session

Aside from getting to drive the car, Matt says the best part of his job is helping someone do something they have never done before. For those who have yet to drive a racecar, Matt’s best advice is to not be afraid to push the car, but remember that smooth is fast.

Outside of racing, you can find Matt competing in triathlons, cycling, kart racing and flying small aircrafts.

Athletes and Celebs Sightings at Dream Racing

Since Dream Racing’s March 2012 launch, the luxury racing experience has thrilled a multitude of visitors on their Las Vegas track. The Ferrari haven has attracted many car enthusiasts, but mostly those who just feel the need for speed. International sports figures have also taken notice as Dream Racing has chauffeured a bevy of international athletes through their Ferrari-centered program.

American BMX pro rider and host of MTV’s The Challenge TJ Lavin was spotted passenger side at Dream Racing’s grand opening while former English Rugby superstar Jason Robinson enjoyed his personal reservation behind the wheel of the 430 GT speedster.  In town for the NHL Awards, hockey stars Pavel Datsyuk, Jordan Eberle, John-Michael Liles, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Joffrey Lupul and Henrik Lundqvist made their way out on their off-day and enjoyed revving engines accompanied by a bit of friendly competition.

Tidbits: How many languages are found at Dream Racing?

 

Las Vegas hosts a large number of international visitors, which is also reflected on the track at Dream Racing. The luxury driving experience draws a worldly crowd and Dream Racing offers a unique and personal experience to customers from around the globe.

A port of many languages—from Italian to Spanish and English to Afrikaans—the thrill seeking destination houses a melting pot of crew members. Yet at the end of the day, the team at Dream Racing speaks a language that is understood by all—speed.

Enrico Bertaggia and Ado De Micheli, the creators of Dream Racing, have journeyed to many continents during their professional racing careers, both having picked up on various languages including Italian, English and German for Ado and Italian, English and French for Enrico. When crafting the idea of the driving experience, they knew it was necessary to bring a skillful staff to launch their venture in the United States. Antonio, Alessandro and Sergio add to the strong Italian contingent with years on the Formula 1 track and a dedication to the sport of racing. All three speak Italian and English, while Alessandro also speaks a bit of French and Sergio is fluent in Spanish.

From the country of South Africa come Jodie and Nic. The couple specifically moved to Las Vegas to launch Dream Racing with Nic as a Lead Racing Instructor and Jodie as VP of Sales and Marketing. The two bring a light and adventurous spirit to the track, while fluent in the languages of Afrikaans, Portuguese, Italian, French and English.

These bilingual individuals make up the core of the Dream Racing team.

 

Introduction: Ado & Enrico

Behind the scenes of the luxury Ferrari driving experience are two gentlemen who are quite familiar behind the wheel of these powerful machines, Ado De Micheli and Enrico Bertaggia. The former Italian race car drivers created Dream Racing from years spent on the professional circuit. The two are not hard to spot as they can be found daily on the track coaching customers or listening to the exciting recap of the driver’s speedy ride over an espresso in the Dream Racing lounge.

Here is their take on Ferraris, Las Vegas and building their dream.

How did you come up with Dream Racing?
ADO: Dream Racing came from the passion that both my partner and I have for beautiful cars, speed and racing. We both have the desire to share this passion with others and the ambition to create one of the most exclusive driving experiences.

Why Las Vegas?
ENRICO: We have traveled around the world throughout our racing careers. When we conceived the Dream Racing concept we knew that Las Vegas, with all of its energy and excitement, would provide the ideal location for such an exhilarating, but luxury adventure.

What made you choose to strictly use Ferraris?
ENRICO: Who wouldn’t like to drive a race-ready Ferrari F430 GT? The car is light, powerful and one of the most finely engineered automobiles in existence. It responds immediately. It’s an experience. It’s an emotion.

What do you hope your customers walk away with?
ADO: The entire Dream Racing experience was built so that our customers can truly feel what it means to be a race car driver. Our intent was to create something unique, exhilarating and authentic. Now that I see it all done, I feel like we have accomplished our goal.

ENRICO: The rush of adrenaline you will feel combined with the sense of achievement will leave you wanting more. It’s something you will never forget, almost as if being in a dream like state. This is why we’ve named it Dream Racing, because it’s a dream experience—something that you will look back on and cherish for the rest of your life.