When you think of a Transformers film, what's the first thing you think of? If you answered explosions, pretty women, and cars then you're definitely on the right track. Out of those three, perhaps the safest (physically and emotionally) and most exciting real life experience would be to actually get behind the wheel of an absurdly fast and extremely gorgeous automobile. As it so happens, that's exactly what I got to experience two weeks ago, when Paramount Pictures flew myself and a small group of other movie journalists out to Las Vegas for what I thought was going to be a standard press junket. I was wrong.

The guest of honor was Michael Bay's summer uber-blockbuster Transformers: Age Of Extinction (which is now available on Blu Ray combo pack and Digital HD,) and our venue was the luxury racing facility known as Exotics Racing. With a track dubbed "The Playground" that sits across the way from the full blown Las Vegas Speedway, Exotics Racing provides an experience that you literally only get to see in the movies, as the have cars featured in such films as Iron Man, the James Bond series, and of course the Transformers films on the menu.

The best part about the whole deal is that for the price you pay to gain access to these cars, you are the one that gets to redline them around the track, with a trained racing specialist to guide you. (Which came as a shock to me, as I thought I was just going to be driven around the track.) It was a day full of fun at high speeds and sharp turns, as well as a lot of learning about just what makes Michael Bay's Transformers work as, if nothing else, an instrument of precision and clockwork timing. Here now are six things I learned while driving Ferraris in close proximity to Optimus Prime himself

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If You Want To Drive For Transformers, Having Fast And Furious Experience Helps.
I previously reported about an interview that I had with Peter Cullen, the voice of Optimus Prime himself since 1984, but during my time at the press event I also had the chance to interview Sli Lewis – a professional stunt driver/performer with some pretty impressive credentials. Lewis has driven in such films as 2 Fast and 2 Furious and Miami Vice, as well as performed stunts in Fast Five – for which he won his first Taurus World Stunt Award).

Lewis believes that his work on the Fast And Furious franchise is what got him the gig for Transformers: Age Of Extinction, and it's all thanks to one man: Mike Gunther, stunt coordinator at 5150 Action. Gunther was the stunt coordinator for both Fast Five and Transformers: Age Of Extinction, and Lewis told me that when Michael Bay put the call out for the "creme de la creme" of stunt performers/drivers, he was one of the names that Gunther suggested. Just like Peter Cullen before him, Lewis had nothing but praises to sing for Michael Bay, as he pegged him as being, "...very unique, but he also knows exactly what he wants. […] He's like the Midas of directors."

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