Racing Car Driving Experience

£185 £160
2.25 hours long
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12 laps covered
28.8 miles covered

Drive a Formula Renault racing car on the UK's fastest race circuit. Lewis Hamilton won the UK Formula Renault Championship on his way to F1. Now you can feel like one of the F1 pack in one of our fleet of racing cars. You'll also get to drive the Porsche Cayman as part of this experience.

  • Drive a racing car on the UK's fastest race circuit
  • Feel like an F1 driver
  • Learn the circuit in a Porsche Cayman
£185 £160 - SAVE £25

Experience Format

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Briefing

Our senior ARDS Race Instructor will give a full briefing detailing the important information you need to know before getting behind the wheel and heading out on track; circuit layout, racing line, turn in, apex, exit, braking, throttle control, driving Position, steering, pedal control, gear change, understanding paddle shift, overtaking and flag signals. As part of the briefing we have a unique CGI sequence which shows how a vehicle reacts to the inputs made by the driver including; chassis dynamics, weight transfer, oversteer and understeer.

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Instructor demonstration

3 laps

Driving on a race circuit is very different to normal road driving. To make the most of the cars guests will be driving on track you need to learn the racing line and braking points. Our ARDS race instructors will be on hand to help throughout your experience

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Guest drives the Porsche Cayman

3 laps

Three laps driving the Porsche Cayman. Nowhere else in the UK will you drive such an expensive and new car as your introduction to a driving experience. With 3 laps behind the wheel you'll not only have a huge smile on your face but be ready to take on the next car, no doubt feeling like the next Lewis Hamilton

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Guest drives the Formula Renault Racing Car

5 laps

Watching Formula 1 will never be the same again after you've experienced driving a proper single seat racing car on a proper race circuit. Many of the current crop of F1 drivers have raced in this formula with Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton both winning the UK series. Once seated with the racing straps fitted around you the engine bursts into life you'll feel like a Grand Prix is about to start. Once up to speed, everything clicks into place as you and the car become one, getting quicker every lap, the car responding instantly. A truly unique experience and one that will be remembered

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High Speed Passenger Ride in Octavia VRS

1 laps

Hold on tight as our resident Stig takes you out for the white knuckle ride of your life. Experiencing a car at its full potential with a professional racing driver at the wheel is incredible

About the Racing Car Driving Experience

Want to feel like Lewis Hamilton and experience real downforce? Now you can on the fastest race circuit in the UK.

You don't so much sit in a Formula Renault as get physically attached to the car. Tightly strapped into the cockpit, you become part of the car. Every bump, camber and vibration is transmitted through the driver, you know and feel exactly what is happening. Slick tyres and wings give razor sharp responses ? try to relax behind the wheel, even the slightest driver input is a noticeable direction change.

Before the racing car there's time to get to grips with the race circuit in the fantastic Porsche Cayman. The mid engined car is great fun and incredibly rewarding to drive, it gives great driver feedback, accurate and responsive steering and great handling balance.

The Cars

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Formula Renault

Firmly strapped into the cockpit the car is an extension of you. It will react to every input. When you brake it stops, turn the steering wheel and it darts left or right. Road cars seem soggy and unresponsive by comparison.

We also have the Sports 2000 racing car for customers who are too tall to drive the Formula Renault. These Le Mans looking cars are very fast and have downforce to help corner at high speeds. Great fun to drive!

0-60
4.5 seconds
Top Speed
140 mph
Power
130 bhp
Torque
110 lb/ft
Engine Size
1.7 litre 4 cylinder
Gearbox
4 speed non-syncro
Configuration
Mid engine, rear wheel drive
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Porsche Cayman

The latest Porsche Cayman is a genuine junior supercar. Similar in looks to the 911 but with a mid-engine layout.

Out on track the car gives incredible feedback, allowing the driver to build in confidence and enjoy the increased power and incredible grip that the car generates.

0-60
5.8 seconds
Top Speed
163 mph
Power
261 bhp
Torque
221 lb/ft
Engine Size
2.9 litre 6 cylinder
Gearbox
6 speed manual
Configuration
Mid engine, rear wheel drive
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Octavia VRS

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0-60
6.8 seconds
Top Speed
154 mph
Power
217 bhp
Torque
258 lb/ft
Engine Size
2.0 litre 4 cylinder
Gearbox
6 speed manual
Configuration
Front engine Front wheel drive
Cars with In-Car Recording

Racing Car Driving Experience Availability

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Open Voucher Valid for 12 months - £185 £160

Show Dates For

Thursday 10 August 2017 - £185 £140
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Saturday 11 November 2017 - £185
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Gift Pack Options

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Premium Gift Box - £3

This gift pack includes a Thruxton branded gift box. Inside the box is a presentation card of their driving experience - showing the exact driving experience the recipient has been given, complete with image of the main car in the driving experience taken by ace automotive photographer Pete Gibson.

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Standard Gift Box - Free

Gift pack will include our current brochure, list of dates to attend and a personalised card for the recipient with their name and a personalised message.

Why Buy A Driving Experience From Thruxton

Our Top 5

  1. No on the day pressure to purchase expensive accident damage waiver at registration. The price you see is the price you pay
  2. Thruxton is the fastest race track in the UK and a fully licensed FIA venue - not a disused airfield.
  3. No 70mph speed limits or numerous "cone chicanes" to keep the speed artificially slow
  4. The latest models from Ferrari, Lamborghini and Aston Martin
  5. You drive on the full 2.4 mile circuit as used by the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) and other top class championships plus we have all the expected venue spectator facilities
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Need to Know Information

This experience can be purchased as an open gift voucher valid for 1 year from the date of purchase.

This experience operates from Thruxton Circuit in Hampshire.

We operate on selected weekdays and Saturdays. Please note: there is a £10 premium if you choose to book on a Saturday, payable when a date is booked

Drivers must hold a full drivers licence.

On the day drivers must wear clothes that cover their arms and legs

Helmets, race boots and gloves are provided

Spectators are welcome - free of charge