Racing Addict Driving Experience


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Max Laps
21 laps
3 hrs
50 miles

This is experience is a motorsport fans dream. Plenty of laps in the Formula Renault racing car (Lewis Hamilton won the UK Championship) You'll also get to drive the Porsche Cayman to learn the circuit. After, hold on tight first in our two-seat racing car, then meet Tiff Needell and sample his high speed driving in the passenger seat of a new BMW M2 - we'll also video it with our 360 cameras for you to take home!

  • Drive a racing car on the UK's fastest race circuit
  • Meet and experience Tiff Needell's high speed sideways driving
  • Learn the circuit in a Porsche Cayman
Call 01264 882222 to speak to a member of our team

Need to know



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..

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.

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.

2 laps

High Speed Passenger Ride in a two-seat racing car - Instructor drives

It's a two-seat racing car that runs on slick racing tyres has an F1 style paddle-shift gearbox which is connected to a whopping 2.8 litre V6 naturally aspirated engine. It's a white knuckle ride you'll never forget. Under brakes you'll feel the car searching for grip then the tyres forcing the chassis in to the next corner at seemingly impossible speeds

3 laps

High Speed Passenger Ride with Tiff Needell - Instructor drives

Three exhilarating laps with Tiff at the wheel as he talks you around Thruxton and squeezes every last horse power out of the new BMW M2 whilst pointing sideways at the same time!

What to expect from the Racing Addict Driving Experience

Our Racing Addict Experience gives customers the chance to have extra laps in the racing car, plus have a high-speed ride in our Two-Seat Racing Car AND jump in the BMW M2 with Tiff Needell and sample his high-speed sideways skills first-hand (we'll also record it in 360 video for you to take home)

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

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!

From £20

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.

Four Amazing Cars

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.


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

Two-seat, slicks and wings racing car, purpose-built and designed to allow a passenger to experience a powerful open-wheel racing car, pushed to the limit, by a professional racing driver.


  • Horsepower
    295 bhp
  • Torque
    245 lb/ft
  • Top Speed
    160 mph
  • 0-60
    2.8 seconds

The BMW M2 feels like it was made to lap Thruxton's fast, sweeping corners. The car is equipped with a 405hp, 3.0l twin-turbo engine up front, mounted to a seven-speed double-clutch transmission that sends all the power to the rear wheels. The car glides around the tighter corners in neverending powerslides, whilst staying posed through the faster corners.


  • Horsepower
    405 bhp
  • Torque
    406 lb/ft
  • Top Speed
    155 mph
  • 0-60
    4.2 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.


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

Skilled Instructors On The Day

Pat Blakeney

Operations Manager at Thruxton

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Ben Norfolk

I've been racing for over 20 years in Sprints, Hillclimbs and a range of circuit series from historics, team endurance, MX-5's, Lotus Cup and in the Invictus Games Racing Jaguar F-type SVR in the British GT Championship. With a Coach/Mentor background, I have a range of skills to help extract the most out of your time on track.

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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


19th, 20th


10th, 11th, 31st


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19th, 20th


2nd, 3rd, 16th, 17th


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