Life in the Ferrari Fast Lane

Written by on March 22, 2015 in Blog, Destinations, Destinations Featured, Europe, Italy - 12 Comments


I climb into the cherry road cockpit of the Ferrari, nervous.

“I haven’t been behind the wheel of a car in months,” I explain to my instructor, clad in a jumpsuit the same bright red color as the car, the Ferrari emblem on his chest.

He smiles and then leans over the car, showing me the various gadgets in front of me. I’d tell you what they were, but it’s car talk, and I don’t speak car talk. The only thing I remember is the switch to hit when I want to go fast (I don’t) and to kick it into manual (which I have never driven before).

“OK,” he says after his how-to-drive-a-Ferrari tutorial. “Ready?”

I cringe, smile, and then I’m off.

Or, the simulation of the Monza track starts. ‘Cause yeah, I’m in a simulator surrounded by enormous screens in front of me.

“You need to hit the gas,” he says as I sit idle at the starting line of the F-1 race.

Driving a Ferrari ... simulator

I push my foot down on the pedal and accelerate, causing my car to lurch forward and bump a bit.

Slowly, I start, navigating turns haphazardly.

“Go faster,” he suggests, so I push my foot harder onto the pedal.

I go fast, but I cannot control the car. Instead of trying to maneuver the turns, I burst into giggles as I run off the road and onto the grass, causing the car to shake.

The Ferrari Museum in Italy

“Here, I’ll help,” he says, grabbing the wheel since my giggles have taken over my body. I mean, me? Driving a Ferrari? Even simulated, it reminds me I was not born to race cars.

We move forward a bit, far more steadily and expertly than just my hands controlling the wheel. For a few minutes, I relax and navigate the race course, albeit it slowly.

When he lets go and leaves me to it again, I start to feel anxious. Like, I just want the drive to be over and get out of the tiny mock race car. I bump. I run off the road. I probably flip my car, but there’s no way to simulate that without injury.

When it’s over, I climb out, smile on my face knowing one thing: Ferrari (or any other race car) drive, I am certainly not.

Take the wheel

Interested in seeing how you pan out as a Ferrari driver? Head to the Ferrari Museum Maranello in the Emiligia Romagna region of Italy to give it a go. For € 25.00 for seven minutes, experience the thrill of being a race car driver, safely.

Explore the museum

Ferrari California Dreaming exhibition

There’s more than just learning how to drive a race car at this museum. There’s an entire collection of race cars to get up-close to here.

Ferrari California DreamingCurrently, the museum is exhibiting “California Dreaming,” which spread over five different rooms and covers racing, cars used in Hollywood, a red carpet area with the 250 California, the technology of the cars and more.


See the region

From April 4 until the end of October 2015, you can visit this museum, as well as the Ferrari Museum Modeno, along with experiencing other highlights of the region, including Pavoratti’s house, wineries and more with Discover Ferrari & Pavaoritt Land.

Note: my visit to Emilia Romagna was part of the Discover Ferrari & Pavarotti Land project, a collaboration between the Emilia-Romagna Tourism Board and iambassador.

About the Author

Diana Edelman is an avid traveler who recently spent four years living as an expat. Most notably, Diana spent nearly three years in Chiang Mai, Thailand where she worked with Save Elephant Foundation to raise awareness about the realities of elephant tourism. Currently based in Las Vegas, Diana works in many industries as a publicist, social media expert, content creator and journalist. The co-founder of the Responsible Travel & Tourism Collective, Diana has spoken at conferences about travel blogging and responsible tourism.

12 Comments on " Life in the Ferrari Fast Lane "

  1. Abi March 23, 2015 at 4:36 am · Reply

    I would be soooooo bad at this!! Glad you had fun 🙂

    • Diana March 23, 2015 at 4:29 pm · Reply

      I WAS SO BAD!!

  2. De'Jav March 23, 2015 at 6:13 am · Reply

    This sounds like a great time. I could see myself driving the simulator all day.

    • Diana March 23, 2015 at 4:29 pm · Reply

      It was fun!

  3. Alex March 23, 2015 at 7:34 pm · Reply

    I drove a race car on an ACTUAL TRACK in Vegas and it was terrifying. Did you do that in your LV days?

    • Diana April 4, 2015 at 5:53 am · Reply

      NO. I would be terrified.

  4. Mindy and Ligeia March 24, 2015 at 1:30 pm · Reply

    Wow! That looks like SO much fun! Mindy would LOVE it! Gotta go there for sure! 🙂

    • Diana April 4, 2015 at 5:53 am · Reply

      It was a blast!

  5. Laura March 24, 2015 at 9:23 pm · Reply

    What a fun experience (but thank goodness it was only a simulator!)

    • Diana April 4, 2015 at 5:52 am · Reply

      I would have killed myself if it was an actual car!

  6. Frank April 3, 2015 at 9:38 pm · Reply

    I always wondered how I would fare in a sportscar … sounds like an experience I need to have!

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