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Thread: What Best Companies Are Best to Rent a Car for a Track Day?

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    Default What Best Companies Are Best to Rent a Car for a Track Day?

    My firm has been sponsoring a few track days for our clients. Soon will be our third annual event.

    It seems some of the clients have rented cars for their track days. I know Hertz has specific exclusions for anything on or near a track. I am sure this is the way for all firms eventually.

    Which firms, if any, don't have this exclusion.


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    If i remember correctly, Budget has an exclusion for "time events." So, you could make sure no one used transponders and you may be o.k.

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    Back in the day, Enterprise rented me cars I used for Rally X. They didn't know about it, though the copious amounts of gravel in the nether regions of the car was probably suspicious. I won the 'rental car' class that season with Enterprise as my unknowing sponsor.

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    Some very practical advice!

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    So the real info from this thread is to never buy a used car from a rental fleet. Not that I would have anyway.
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    Some rental car companies use gps trackers to see if you go off-road or on a race track. If you look online you can buy GPS jammers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by superpilun View Post
    Some rental car companies use gps trackers to see if you go off-road or on a race track. If you look online you can buy GPS jammers.
    Such as:

    Vehicle Car Anti Tracker Mini GPS Jammer Blocker - Removeable Jammer Antenna

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    Just rent the car and get a tin foil wrap and helmet. No one will know where or who you are. Because no one will want t talk, look or make eye contact with you.
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    How many people? Could a few Thunder Roadsters conceivably work? I think that they will trailer a few cars, and the best guy could win a chance to drive Thor at 8/10ths!

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    Thunder Roadsters are a good idea.

    I they well mannered cars for a nubee?


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    In before Richard's spit and baling wire comment...
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    If you want to kill your clients, that's a great idea . . .
    Quote Originally Posted by Olitho View Post
    Thunder Roadsters are a good idea.

    I they well mannered cars for a nubee?


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    Tricky to drive, but the value for $ is fantastic.

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    Put those late paying customers in Thunder Roadster
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    Quote Originally Posted by Olitho View Post
    Thunder Roadsters are a good idea.

    I they well mannered cars for a nubee?

    Oli
    The thing is, they really fit what a the average guy visualizes when he thinks about a "race car." In terms of track photos, it will make them feel like they really did something special. And I could be wrong, but the raw nature of these cars kind of makes them more "serious" and exciting compared to standard rental sedans.

    Also first-timers are usually not real lap hungry. They just want to be able to get their feet wet and have a cool photo to show their family and friends. A few laps in a T. Roadster could be much better than lots of laps in a rental car.

    I guess the issue is whether they are too difficult to drive, and I would defer to others who have actually driven them to make that call.

    btw: Too bad Toyota doesn't rent out all of those old Celica's (?) they park on the service road to SOW.
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    I spent two track days in a Thunder Roadster and I think the car is a blast and rentals are affordable. I'm not sure if I'd put a beginner in one though. It's not so much that they're really hard to drive, I just imagine it could get hairy real quick if someone with no experience got a little overzealous. And they're quite a bit different to drive than a production car. No power steering, no ABS, sequential trans, fast revving powerful motorcycle engine. Could be trouble for first timers, but someone with a little track experience should manage.

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