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Audi R8 PLUS Driving Experience

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Max Laps
15 laps
Duration
3 hrs
Mileage
36 miles

Drive 3 great cars as part of this experience. The Audi R8, the Porsche Cayman and the Formula Renault racing car. The Audi R8 is the highlight but before that is some time with our ARDS licenced race instructor to get you up to speed, then you'll also drive the Porsche Cayman before taking the R8 out on track. After, strap yourself in and drive the Formula Renault racing car.

  • Drive the epic Audi R8
  • Feel like an F1 driver in the Formula Renault Racing Car
  • Learn the circuit in a Porsche Cayman
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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.

3 laps

Demonstration - Instructor drives

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..

3 laps

Porsche Cayman - Guest drives

Three laps driving the Porsche Cayman. Nowhere else in the UK will you drive the class leading sports 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..

4 laps

Audi R8 - Guest drives

The stunning R8 is Audi's first attempt at a supercar and they got it right first time. The look of the car is completely different to anything else on the market yet it couldn't be anything else but an Audi. Each R8 is handmade in Germany by specialist teams making each car to a high standard.

5 laps

Formula Renault Racing Car - Guest drives

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.

What to expect from the Audi R8 PLUS Driving Experience

Audi have hit the spot with their first attempt at a supercar. Not only in the handling and performance department but also with the styling, an area which so many manufacturers fail to get right when entering the supercar market.

Out on track the car has the traction you'd expect from Audi with performance that will blow your mind. The 4.2L V8 engines power is delivered through the tyres so effectively, giving you confidence to push the car harder on the UK's fastest race circuit - Thruxton.

Open the door and drop into the driving seat, the car seems to mould around you, hit the starter button and the V8 bangs into life.

Out on track the car gives incredible levels of grip, even at speed. The aluminium chassis gives great feedback to the driver and urges you to push on more and more. With the V8 screaming away just behind your ear, the nose of the car going exactly where you point it, you won?t be able to stop yourself smiling.

Preparing you for this drive is the more delicate feeling Porsche Cayman. Time in this stunning German coupe will ensure you are fully comfortable and confident with the lines and technique of driving around Thruxton Circuit.

After the Audi R8 the driver will experience a proper single seat racing car. Feel what it?s like to be an F1 driver as you experience g-force and amazing acceleration and stopping power. Lewis Hamilton better watch out!

The V8 is the best! grip, poise and balance in abundance - a brilliant audi supercar

Tiff Needell

360º In-Car Videos are Available for This Experience

The ultimate memento of your visit to Thruxton. Our 360 cameras will capture all the action of your drive in 4K, true 360-degree video for you to enjoy afterwards on all your devices. Check out the video and click to look around!

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The Thruxton difference

Quality experiences

Over 40 years of experience in operating driving experiences. Everything is geared around a quality experience and we limit numbers to ensure this.

FIA licensed race track

Thruxton is the fastest race track in the UK and a fully licensed FIA venue - not a disused airfield.

Pro instructors

We only use professional ARDS qualified race instructors who will make your drive more enjoyable.

No artificial corners

No 70mph speed limits or numerous "cone chicanes" to keep the speed artificially slow.

360º videos

The ultimate memento of your visit to Thruxton. Our 360 cameras will capture all the action of your drive in 4K, true 360-degree video for you to enjoy afterwards on all your devices.

The Audi R8 is a masterpiece of German engineering

Three Amazing Cars

Stunning to look at and brilliant to drive, equals a fantastic driving experience. Out on track, the Audi R8 is eager to go fast. Audi's four-wheel drive system soaks up the fast sweeping corners at Thruxton whilst the chassis gives lots of feedback to the driver. The V8 engine is perfectly judged for the car, providing the right amount of power when you need it.

Specification

  • Horsepower
    414 bhp
  • Torque
    317 lb/ft
  • Top Speed
    187 mph
  • 0-60
    4.4 seconds

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 or Formula Ford 2000.

Specification

  • Power
    130 bhp
  • Torque
    110 lb/ft
  • Top Speed
    140 mph
  • 0-60
    4.5 seconds

The Porsche Cayman is a genuine junior supercar. Similar in looks to the 911 but with a mid-engine layout. Once seated in the car, it's unmistakably a Porsche. Out on track the car gives incredible feedback and is perfectly balanced, allowing the driver to build in confidence and enjoy the increased power and incredible grip that the car generates.

Specification

  • Horsepower
    261 bhp
  • Torque
    221 lb/ft
  • Top Speed
    163 mph
  • 0-60
    5.8 seconds

Skilled Instructors On The Day

Tony Claringbould

Tony has been racing for over 10 years initially in classic formula 3 500cc, then the Porsche Speed championship, followed by several years of classic Mini Coopers in the Mighty Mini championship. Now racing his Mondial T in the Pirelli Ferrari Formula Classic series, he became an instructor in 2021.

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Pat Blakeney

Operations Manager at Thruxton

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Michael Vitulli

An experienced & recognised ARDS Instructor and Driver Coach in and around the South East area. Having successfully competed in a number of Motorsport Championships around the UK from the age of eight, now over 30 years on and still competing and enjoying Motorsport - currently racing in various UK Championships.

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Upcoming Dates

May

31st

June

1st, 14th, 15th

July

19th, 20th

August

2nd, 3rd, 16th, 17th

September

13th, 14th

October

11th, 12th, 25th, 26th

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