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Lotus Emira PLUS Driving Experience

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Max Laps
15 laps
Duration
3.5 hrs
Mileage
36 miles

Drive three fantastically different cars as part of this experience. The Lotus Emira, the Porsche Cayman and the Formula Renault racing car. The new Lotus Emira is the highlight but before that is some time with your ARDS licenced race instructor to get you up to speed, then you'll drive the Porsche Cayman before taking the Lotus Emira out on track. After the Emira, strap yourself in and drive a single-seat racing car.

  • Drive the brand new Lotus Emira
  • Feel like an F1 driver in a single seat 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

Lotus Emira - Guest drives

Drive the brand new and latest model from Lotus - the Emira. A lightweight, mid-engine, MANUAL GEARBOX, rear-wheel drive supercar. A combination few many manufacturers now make. Heading out onto the fast and flowing circuit at Thruxton, the car comes alive and wants you to push harder. The Emira is perfectly at home on track.

5 laps

Formula Renault Racing Car - Guest drives

Having already had five laps in the Formula Renault Racing Car, we guarantee you'll be raring to get back in the car for another five.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE LOTUS EMIRA PLUS DRIVING EXPERIENCE

The first new Lotus in a generation features a stonking V6 engine, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, sending all the power to the rear wheels - the perfect combination!

The Emira marks the beginning of a new era for Lotus, and the last to be offered with an internal combustion engine. The Emira's 3.5-litre supercharged V6 engine develops 400bhp and 420Nm of torque. That’s enough to fire it from 0-60mph in a rousing 4.2 seconds and a plenty quick enough top speed of 180mph.

Looking at the Emira parked in the pitlane, it's unmistakably a Lotus, it looks fantastic and is on another level to previous Lotus models. In profile, it’s low and hunkered down in the right places. It’s got a proper sense of the exotic about it.

Getting into the Emira is a refreshing change. The super high sills from previous Lotus models are gone. Once seated low in the cabin, the environment is on another level from the Elise and Exige era of Lotus models. Hit the starter button, wait for the engine to catch and fire into life. Heading out on track, there's a sense of occasion that only comes from driving a Lotus.

It builds speed quickly. You're travelling at three-figure speeds effortlessly, the powertrain blends into the background as the rest of the car demands your attention as you attack the fast sweeping corners at Thruxton. Direction changes are instantaneous; there’s roll, but always controlled, the movement helps you feel what’s going on. The Emira loses speed just as quickly as it gains it. The confidence-inspiring brakes combined with less mass than other cars in its class, result in a fantastic driving experience and an uncontrollable smile from the driver, eager to find the next corner to tackle.

It only takes a few metres to dial yourself into the Emira and after a few miles you won't want to get out.

Before driving the Lotus Emira you'll learn the layout of the race circuit with an ARDS-qualified race instructor, initially as a passenger and then driving the Porsche Cayman. A great car that gives the driver lots of confidence behind the wheel.

After the Lotus Emira you'll 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 from a proper racing car. Are you the next Lando Norris?!

THE EMIRA FEELS LIKE A PURE DRIVER’S CAR WITH A REALLY MODERN CHARACTER. LOTUS HAS DONE A GREAT JOB OF BLENDING A TRADITIONAL SPORTS CAR DRIVING EXPERIENCE WITH THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY AND A HIGH-QUALITY INTERIOR.

Chris Harris

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.

Three Amazing Cars

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

The Emira is more than capable at high and low speed which makes it the perfect car around Thruxtons fast sweeping curves and complex of corners. The Lotus Emirat is the epitome of Lotus' commitment to pushing the boundaries of automotive engineering, delivering a driving experience like no other. To sum the Lotus up - a proper drivers car.

Specification

  • Horsepower
    400 bhp
  • Torque
    420 lb/ft
  • Top Speed
    180 mph
  • 0-60
    4.2 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

Skilled Instructors On The Day

Rob Barff

Professional Driver Coach and retired Le Mans driver. A veteran of eighteen 24 Hour races, including two times Le Mans 24 Hours. 30 years coaching experience, competition licence holder since 1987 with over 65 race victories and 135 podiums.

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Owen Hizzey

I am a 19-year-old British Racing Driver. Racing has been part of my life ever since I went to my first race meeting at 2 months old, and from then on my passion has just grown. I started officially racing karts at 6, and then moved onto cars at 14. I am currently competing in the British Endurance Racing Championship.

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Charlie Mann

I am a young enthusiastic racing driver and race team owner of Mann Motorsport currently competing in Mini Challenge UK, with race wins, pole positions and fastest laps. I also run a multi-championship winning kart team and have been developing drivers through the Karting ranks for many years.

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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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