For most people the dream of driving a Formula One car is exactly that, a dream. Well now you can live that dream by driving a real F1 car that raced in the Formula 1 World Championship, with a Formula One Driving Experience.
Tutored by first-rate instructors your day will begin when you arrive at the circuit where you will be served coffee and breakfast. After that it’s onto the track where your instructor will drive you for five laps in a Sports Car Familiarisation Session, showing you the racing lines and giving you tips on how to make the most of your driving experience. Following the Familiarisation Session you will then receive a detailed briefing on safety and high-speed driving techniques.
With the safety briefing over it’s time to get back on the track with you driving a sports saloon, a professional racing driver by your side, who will analyse your driving technique over ten laps of the circuit. With everything you have learnt it’s time to increase the power, so the next car you will get behind the wheel of will be the fantastic Porsche 911 Turbo, once again, with your instructor by your side you will take the Porsche round the circuit for a six mile session. Having driven the Porsche for six miles it’s time notch it up a little further with a six mile session in the unbelievable Ferrari 360 Modena. With 400 brake horsepower under your right foot, the Ferrari gives you a glimpse of what you can expect later on in the day.
Using everything you have learnt it’s time to go it alone, so the next driving session is behind the wheel of an 1800 cc Zetec Single Seater Racing Car, during this session you will drive ten laps behind a pace car, this allows you to experience the speeds you can achieve and also gives you an insight into the racing lines a professional driver will take, valuable information that you can use when you move to the next session when you will drive in the same car but without a pace car in front of you. So it really is down to you from now on.
After the two Single Seater Sessions it’s time for a well earned break where you will be served lunch and you can reflect on the day so far.
With lunch over you will now move up to a Ralt RT30/RT32 Formula 3 car. With 165 brake horsepower and a 0 – 60 mph time of 3.8 seconds, the Formula Three session really gives you a taste of what it’s like to drive a real racing car. With no pace car you will take the 150 mph F3 car out for a ten lap session before you move on to the ultimate final driving experience.
Having driven the sports saloon, the Porsche 911 Turbo, the Ferrari 360 Modena, the single seater and the Formula Three racing car, the time has now come to climb into the cockpit of a real Formula 1 car. The next ten miles you drive will be a the wheel of either a 1996 Italian Forte Corsa that was driven by Luca Badoer, the current official Ferrari test driver, or a 1994 Arrows that was driven by Aguri Suzuki. With 600 brake horsepower at your mercy and no pace car in front of you, you can finally realise your dream, driving a REAL Formula One car.
With your driving now over, you will be served afternoon tea and the certificate presentation will take place, but this is by no means the end of your experience as overnight accommodation (including dinner & breakfast) is provided for yourself plus 1 guest, giving you a chance to reflect on the day that you drove a Formula One car.
To take part in a Formula 1 Driving Experience you must have held a full driving licence for a minimum of 36 months.