Driving Schools Teach How to Handle Sportscars

I'm a speed junkie. but driving fast on city streets is a no-no, so I took my need for speed to a few international driving schools, where I drove to-die-for exotic cars. At Maserati's Master GT course in Parma, Italy, I tore it up on the Varano track. In brand-new GranTurismos and Quattroportes, real race-car drivers taught me the right way to brake, steer and accelerate along the track's racing line. My car was equipped with telemetry—just like a true race car—that recorded my speed and efficiency on the course ($5,880, including meals and lodging; maserati.com).

Skip Barber's Mazdaspeed MX-5 three-day racing school at the legendary Laguna Seca racetrack in Carmel, California, teaches solid racing skills and helps drivers raise their acumen to the next level ($3,995 for the course and trackside lunches; skipbarber.com).

The twisty, hilly Mont Tremblant circuit outside Montreal is a pretty setting for the two-day Ferrari Experience. Here I piloted the dreamy F430 as well as the 430 Scuderia sports car. Loads of informative classroom instruction made it easy to understand how to get the most out of these high-horsepower stallions ($8,900, all-inclusive; experienceferrari.com).

At the Land Rover Experience Driving School (held at three U.S. luxury resorts and in the U.K.), there is no racetrack, just sticky mud, boulders and scary-steep descents ($850 per day, for course only). A Wahiba Desert crossing will take place in November in Oman, where drivers will stay in a five-star hotel as well as a fully equipped desert camp (landrover.com).

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