Ferrari owners go to school at Quebecs Mont-Tremblant

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The Ferrari Driving Experience, in which novice and experienced Ferrari owners learn to control their cars through rigorous hands-on and classroom instruction, is coming to Mont-Tremblant, a Canadian resort area just 90 miles north of Montreal.

Patterned after the program conducted at the Pilota Mugello Course outside Florence, Italy, the two-and-a-half-day Ferrari Driving Experience will be operated in conjunction with a luxury package offered by the five-star Hotel Quintessence.

The package, which carries a Ferrari-style price tag of $8,200, includes two nights accommodations at the resort, a cocktail reception and dinner on the arrival night and the evening following the first day at the Mont-Tremblant motor track, breakfast and lunch on the course for two days and all hotel and racetrack transfers. Non-driving guests are eligible for an extra $850.

The Ferrari program, which usually accommodates 15 students per class, is taught by approved Ferrari driving instructors and features a fleet of new Ferrari F450s. During the two days of instructions, participants will learn threshold breaking, vehicle weight transfer, managing acceleration, maintaining a correct driving line and navigating both dry and wet roads.

Participants must be age 21 or older and have at least one year of driving experience.

According to Sabrina DAmico, events manager, the program, which is a first for North America, already has filled about 60% of its 165 open slots for this summer. And that is, remarkably, in less than a month of their being available, she said.

Two of the scheduled dates are already sold out. The opening session is set for June 14. The final session begins on Sept. 25.

DAmico added that although the program currently is only eligible to Ferrari owners, there is the expectation that we will eventually open the program to other car owners.

For more information, go to www.experienceferrari.com or www.hotelquintessence.com.

To contact reporter Joe Rosen, send e-mail to [email protected].

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